The Society for the Study of Women in the Renaissance
CUNY Grad Center
“Othello’s Gypsy Handkerchief”
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.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Please join us as we celebrate 30 years of the SSWR!
This event is cosponsored with The Center for the Study of Women & Society and the CUNY Academy of Arts and Sciences and will be held at the Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (34th Street). It is free and open to the public.