Race and Affect in Early Modern English Literature

Carole Mejia LaPerle

Race and Affect in Early Modern English Literature

Carole Mejia LaPerle

Distributed for ACMRS Press

180 pages | 7 halftones | 6 x 9
Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9780866986922 Will Publish November 2021
This collection brings together critical race studies and affect theory to examine the emotional dimensions of race in early modern literature. 

Race and Affect in Early Modern English Literature puts the fields of critical race studies and affect theory into dialogue. Doing so opens a new set of questions: What are the emotional experiences of racial formation and racist ideologies? How do feelings—through the physical senses, emotional passions, or sexual encounters—come to signify race? What is the affective register of anti-blackness that pervades canonical literature? How can these visceral forms of racism be resisted in discourse and in practice? By investigating how race feels, this book offers new ways of reading and interpreting literary traditions, religious differences, gendered experiences, class hierarchies, sexuality, and social identities. So far scholars have shaped the discussion of race in the early modern period by focusing on topics such as genealogy, language, economics, religion, skin color, and ethnicity. This book, however, offers something new: it considers racializing processes as visceral, affective experiences.
Contents
Foreword – by Margo Hendricks
Introduction to Race and Affect in Early Modern English Literature – by Carol Mejia LaPerle
Section 1: Race, Gender, and Affective Communities
1. Desire, Disgust, and the Perils of Strange Queenship in Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene – by Mira Assaf Kafantaris
2. Early Modern Affect Theory, Racialized Aversion, and the Strange Case of Foetor Judaicus – by Drew Daniel
3. Conversion Interrupted: Shame and the Demarcation of Jewish Women’s Difference in The Merchant of Venice – by Sara Coodin
4. New World Encounters and the Racial Limits of Friendship in Early Quaker Life Writing – by Meghan E. Hall
Section 2: Sexing Race and/as Affect
5. Navigating a Kiss in the Racialized Geopolitical Landscape of Heywood’s The Fair Maid of the West – by Kirsten N. Mendoza
6. Race, Sex, and Affect in Cleopatra’s “Gipsy’s Lust” – by Sydnee Wagner
7. Affective Intersections of Race and Class: the Jailer’s Daughter in The Two Noble Kinsmen – by Alicia Meyer
8. Branded with Baseness: Bastardy and Race in King Lear – by Mario DiGangi
Section 3: Feelings and Forms of Anti-Blackness
9. Black Ink, White Feelings: Early Modern Print Technology and Anti-Black Racism – by Averyl Dietering
10. Othello’s Unfortunate Happiness – by Cora Fox
11. The Racialized Affects of Ill-will in the Dark Lady Sonnets – by Carol Mejia LaPerle
12. The Affect of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Black Lives: A Song to Burn It Down To - by Matt Chapman
Section 4: Race and Affect in Praxis
13. Imagining Islamicate Worlds: Researching Race and Affect in the Contact Zone – by Ambereen Dadabhoy
14. The Personal is Political: Diversifying Shakespeare in the Classroom and Beyond – by Leticia C. García
15. The Winter’s Tale Palimpsest: An Activist Reading of Political Feelings – by Tripthi Pillai
Afterword – by Ayanna Thompson
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