• Woman-Crafted Shakespeares: Appropriation, Intermediality, and Womanist Aesthetics

    Author(s):
    Sujata Iyengar (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Group(s):
    CLCS Renaissance and Early Modern, LLC Shakespeare
    Subject(s):
    Shakespeare, Feminism, Intermediality, Appropriation, Citizenship
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    Maya Angelou, Claudia Rankine, Phyllis Wheatley, Othello, Womanism
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/a10n-f245
    Abstract:
    This essay argues that Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric (2014) deploys feminist intermediality to appropriate Othello in the service of a highly nuanced womanist aesthetics. The essay defines and offers examples of some important theoretical approaches, including: appropriation studies; intersectional feminism; intermediality; womanism; and my own shorthand coinage for feminist or womanist intermedial aesthetic appropriation, “woman-craft.” Next it puts Shakespearean appropriations by African American women writers in historical context, pointing out that Black American women writers and artists since Phillis Wheatley have remade “Shakespeare,” and that Shakespeare has itself been created by this long history of appropriation. I conclude with a close reading of Claudia Rankine’s National-Book-Award-Winning poetry and criticism collection Citizen and with reflections on how such appropriations can remake Shakespeare and our understanding of citizenship and immigration in the present and the past
    Notes:
    Accepted version of book chapter in non-copy-edited, MS word document as permitted by Blackwell's self-archiving policies.
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