VISUAL CULTURE AND EARLY MODERN REPRESENTATIONS – OR, GAZING AND/AS OTHERNESS IN SHAKESPEARE
This seminar will start off from a discussion of the verbal and visual processing, across the media, of recent crises, especially those that hinge on inter-ethnic, intercultural and gender relations; and will then proceed to considering the place held by visual perception and representation of forms of difference in Early Modern sources – with a particular focus on Shakespeare. The group will be prompted to discuss the close relation between the experience of seeing and the perception of otherness as represented in texts – but also as set off by the full enactment of such representations in production, both on stage and screen. Participants will engage with the texts, as much as with the plays' stage and screen history, in ways that foreground the bonds between the gaze and a sense of alterity:
* seeing others as such: forms of interpersonal awareness;
* narrating / performing visual knowledge as an experience of othering;
* spectatorship: the object of the gaze as other;
* difference(s): gender, race.