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Shakespeare, Race, and Latinx Invisibility

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Event Type: Announcement
Location: Joe Rosenfield Center, Room 101, 1115 8th Avenue, Grinnell, IA 50112
Time: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Categories: Arts & Culture
Lectures & Talks

Event Description:

Ruben Espinosa, Associate Professor of English at University of Texas at El Paso

February 11, 2020 - 7:30 p.m., JRC 101

Shakespeare, Race, and Latinx Invisibility 

The predominance of whiteness in all things Shakespeare often relegates to the margins, and renders invisible, people of color who seek to engage his works. In the process, inventive and vital understandings of Shakespeare remain hidden in the shadows. This talk interrogates ideas, practices, and policies that not only define the borders of a “legitimate” Shakespeare but that also devalue black and brown bodies. By attending to nontraditional performances and appropriations of Shakespeare—some of which derive from the U.S. Mexico borderlands—this talk aims to open the door to important conversations about race, immigration, assimilation, linguistic diversity, ethics, and the concurrent promise and limits of legitimacy for Latinxs in our present moment. 

Ruben Espinosa is Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he specializes in Shakespeare and early modern literature. He is the author of Masculinity and Marian Efficacy in Shakespeare’s England (2011) and co-editor of Shakespeare and Immigration (2014), a collection of essays exploring the role of immigrants, exiles, and refugees in Shakespeare’s England and work. He has published essays in Shakespeare Quarterly, Explorations in Renaissance Culture, and Literature Compass. In 2018, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Shakespeare Association of America. He is currently at work on his next two monographs, Shakespeare on the Border: Language, Legitimacy and La Frontera, and Shakespeare on the Shades of Racism (under contract with Routledge).  

If you are an individual with a disability and need accommodations, please contact Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or Minors under the age 18 need to be accompanied by an adult. Grinnell College is not responsible for supervision of minors on campus. JRC 101 is equipped with an induction hearing loop system, which enables individuals with hearing aids to set to T-Coil to hear the program.


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