6 October - Fair Women, Red Hands, Black Will(s): Domestic Tragedy’s Racial Logic
Department of English
Ariane Balizet, Texas Christian University
6 October 2021, 3-4 pm, Online, Microsoft teams - https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3awm5lwLLEXYJV16sFRgA7khFo8H42QWE7ISvhC2-qcqg1%40thread.tacv2/1631615817221?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%2246fe5ca5-866f-4e42-92e9-ed8786245545%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%229388a8d1-25e6-4ab4-ab6f-56373146031f%22%7d
This presentation considers the relationship between blood, race, and the genre of domestic tragedy, focusing on Thomas Middleton’s A Yorkshire Tragedy (1608) as well as the anonymous Arden of Faversham (1592) and A Warning for Fair Women (1599). In these plays, whiteness comprises domestic identity based in racial logics of innocence, purity, and lineage. Spectacles of domestic disorder in bloodstains, dumbshows, or staged violence articulate the racial logics at work in early modern ideals of home and family.