Racism, Misogyny, and the Othello Myth: Inter-racial Couples from Shakespeare to Spike Lee by Celia R. DaileaderRacism, Misogyny, and the Othello Myth: Inter-racial Couples from Shakespeare to Spike Lee by Celia R. Daileader

Racism, Misogyny, and the Othello Myth: Inter-racial Couples from Shakespeare to Spike Lee

byCelia R. Daileader

Paperback | October 3, 2005

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Through research spanning four centuries, in genres as diverse as English Renaissance drama, abolitionist literature, gothic horror and contemporary romance, Celia Daileader questions why Anglo-American culture's most widely-read canonical narratives of inter-racial sex feature a black male and a white female. This study considers the cultural obsession with Shakespeare's Othello, alongside the more pertinent issue of white male sexual predation upon black females. Daileader argues that myths about black male sexual rapacity and the danger of racial "pollution" were exploited to "protect" white female sexuality and exorcise collective guilt.
Celia R. Daileader is Associate Professor of English in the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies at the University of Alabama. She is the author of Eroticism on the Renaissance Stage: Transcendence, Desire, and the Limits of the Visible (Cambridge, 1998), and has published numerous articles on feminist theory and criticism, cri...
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Title:Racism, Misogyny, and the Othello Myth: Inter-racial Couples from Shakespeare to Spike LeeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:266 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.91 inPublished:October 3, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521613140

ISBN - 13:9780521613149

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Othellophilia; 1. White devils, black lust: inter-racialism in early modern drama; 2. The heathen with the heart of gold: Othellophilia comes to America; 3. Holes at the poles: gothic horror and the racial abject; 4. Sisters in bondage: abolition, amalgamation, and the crisis of female authorship; 5. Handsome devils: romance, rape, racism, and the rhet(t)oric of darkness; 6. Invisible men, unspeakable acts: the spectacle of black male violence in modern American fiction; Conclusion: 'White women are snaky': jungle fever and its discontents.

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'This exploration by Celia R. Daileader of the interrelatedness of racism and sexism is insightful, relevant and clearly written.' New Theatre Quarterly