Sydnee Wagner, English, The Graduate Center, CUNY “Othello’s Gypsy Handkerchief”

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While the “Egyptian charmer” who purportedly created the handkerchief in Shakespeare’s Othello (1604) has been regarded as nothing more than a simple signifier for bad omens, the presence of the Gypsy woman imbues the handkerchief with associations  of hypersexuality, counterfeit  nature, and  a seemingly unnatural relationship to magic. In attending to the Gypsy woman lurking behind the origin of the handkerchief, SYDNEE WAGNER will explore how the materiality of such objects often constitutes the immateriality of certain  racialized subjects on the early modem stage, who are rendered ghostly matter in the wake of a memory in flux.


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