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The Politics of Paul Robeson's Othello

Lindsey R. Swindall

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738247
eISBN:
9781604738254
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738247.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This book examines the historical and political context of acclaimed African American actor Paul Robeson’s three portrayals of Shakespeare’s Othello in the United Kingdom and the United States. These ... More


Robeson’s Othello on Broadway

Lindsey R. Swindall

in The Politics of Paul Robeson's Othello

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738247
eISBN:
9781604738254
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738247.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This chapter examines the significance of Robeson’s historic portrayal of Othello on the Broadway stage during World War II. The importance of this revival was embedded not only in the conscious ... More


“I Give of My Talents to the People”

Lindsey R. Swindall

in The Politics of Paul Robeson's Othello

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738247
eISBN:
9781604738254
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738247.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This chapter discusses the blurring line between Robeson the artist and Robeson the activist in the 1940s. During this time, his political activities added depth to his Othello interpretation, while ... More


Robeson’s Professional Debut as Othello

Lindsey R. Swindall

in The Politics of Paul Robeson's Othello

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738247
eISBN:
9781604738254
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738247.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This chapter examines Robeson’s first portrayal of Othello in London in 1930, including the critical reception of the play and the obstacles that inhibited this from being a successful production ... More


Robeson, Othello, and the Politics of the Cold War

Lindsey R. Swindall

in The Politics of Paul Robeson's Othello

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738247
eISBN:
9781604738254
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738247.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This chapter examines the ways in which Robeson utilized creative performative strategies to circumvent his confinement in the United States during the early Cold War. Despite persistent government ... More


Robeson at Stratford

Lindsey R. Swindall

in The Politics of Paul Robeson's Othello

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738247
eISBN:
9781604738254
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738247.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This chapter explores Robeson’s third portrayal of Othello in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1959. This triumphant moment recalled the pinnacle of Robeson’s career, the Broadway Othello, while symbolizing ... More


In Search of the Black Fantastic: Politics and Popular Culture in the Post-Civil Rights Era

Richard Iton

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195178463
eISBN:
9780199851812
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178463.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Prior to the 1960s, when African Americans had little access to formal political power, black popular culture was commonly seen as a means of forging community and effecting political change. But as ... More


Show Boat: Performing Race in an American Musical

Todd Decker

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199759378
eISBN:
9780199979554
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759378.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Drawing on archival research and including much new information, this book reveals how Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern created the Broadway musical Show Boat in the crucible of the Jazz Age to ... More


Crossing the Black Atlantic: Travel and Anti-Apartheid Activism

Nicholas Grant

in Winning Our Freedoms Together: African Americans and Apartheid, 1945-1960

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781469635286
eISBN:
9781469635293
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635286.003.0004
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter explores how trans-Atlantic travel provided an important avenue through which black activists related to one another’s struggles. It also demonstrates how the U.S. and South African ... More


Robeson’s Revisions

Todd Decker

in Who Should Sing Ol' Man River?: The Lives of an American Song

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199389186
eISBN:
9780199389223
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199389186.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter examines Paul Robeson’s thirty-plus years of singing “Ol’ Man River.” His many live and studio recordings of the song are compared and his appearance in the 1936 film Show Boat is also ... More


A Burgeoning Political Consciousness

Lindsey R. Swindall

in The Politics of Paul Robeson's Othello

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738247
eISBN:
9781604738254
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738247.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This chapter examines the development of Robeson’s writing on culture in the 1930s. This decade marked the maturation of his political thinking and was the key moment when his politics began to ... More


New Negro: Paul Robeson’s Formation in Harlem

James Donald

in Some of These Days: Black Stars, Jazz Aesthetics, and Modernist Culture

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199354016
eISBN:
9780199354047
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354016.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter provides the context in which to understand Paul Robeson’s reception in Europe as both “American” and “black,” showing how the interaction between the two terms defined his intellectual, ... More


The Showcase African American: Paul Robeson, Jackie Robinson, and the Politics of Cold War Prosperity and Repression

Damion L. Thomas

in Globetrotting: African American Athletes and Cold War Politics

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037177
eISBN:
9780252094293
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037177.003.0002
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter argues that the integration of baseball had a direct relationship with a core American foreign policy objective: manipulating international perception of American race relations. Hence, ... More


Africa, the Cold War, and the Diaspora at Home

INGRID MONSON

in Freedom Sounds: Civil Rights Call Out to Jazz and Africa

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195128253
eISBN:
9780199864492
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195128253.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter explores that ways in which the lives of jazz musicians intersected with global political currents: (1) the career of Paul Robeson; (2) the State Department jazz tours, which began in ... More


Some of These Days: Black Stars, Jazz Aesthetics, and Modernist Culture

James Donald

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199354016
eISBN:
9780199354047
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354016.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This book shows how interwar European audiences, artists, and intellectuals particularly associated with modernism, used Black American culture-for which “jazz” was often a shorthand-to negotiate the ... More


Introduction

Lindsey R. Swindall

in The Politics of Paul Robeson's Othello

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738247
eISBN:
9781604738254
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738247.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This introductory chapter first describes Paul Robeson’s early career and his political activism. It then considers the role of the artist in times of crisis, based on the development of Robeson’s ... More


Conclusion

Lindsey R. Swindall

in The Politics of Paul Robeson's Othello

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738247
eISBN:
9781604738254
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738247.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This chapter describes Robeson’s activities during the pivotal years of the civil rights movement. These include his return to the US in December 1963 to retire. In September 1964, after the signing ... More


Bringing in the Chorus: The Haitian Revolution Plays of C.L.R. James and Edouard Glissant

Jeremy Matthew Glick

in Black Radical Tragic: "Performance, Aesthetics, and the Unfinished Haitian Revolution"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781479844425
eISBN:
9781479814855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479844425.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter examines the concept of hamartia in C.L.R. James’s revision of his play Toussaint Louverture (1936)—renamed The Black Jacobins—and Edouard Glissant’s Monsieur Toussaint: A Play (1961) as ... More


An Introduction to Shakespeare’s Othello

Lindsey R. Swindall

in The Politics of Paul Robeson's Othello

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738247
eISBN:
9781604738254
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738247.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This chapter introduces Shakespeare’s play and offers an overview of important precedents—from Britain, the US, and the African American community—to Robeson’s portrayal of the Moor of Venice. It ... More


Who Should Sing Ol' Man River?: The Lives of an American Song

Todd Decker

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199389186
eISBN:
9780199389223
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199389186.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This book tells the almost eighty-year performance history of a great popular song. Examining more than two hundred recorded and filmed versions of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s classic ... More


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