The Great White Bard: Shakespeare, Race and the Future (signed by the author)

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Farah Karim-Cooper

Passionate and insightful, Karim-Cooper combines piercing analysis of race, gender, identity and otherness in Shakespeare’s plays from Othello to The Tempest with a radical reappraisal of Elizabethan London. The Great White Bard encourages us neither to idealise nor to fossilise Shakespeare but instead to look him in the eye and reckon with the discomforts of his plays, playhouses and society.

If we persist in reading Shakespeare as representative of only one group, as the pinnacle of the white Western canon, then he will be in peril. But if we dare to bring Shakespeare down from his plinth, we might unveil a playwright for the twenty-first century and expand and enrich his extraordinary legacy.


Published by Oneworld Publications


ISBN 9780861545346

Signed by the author

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