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Staging blackness and performing whiteness in eighteenth-century German drama

Title
Staging blackness and performing whiteness in eighteenth-century German drama / Wendy Sutherland (New College of Florida, USA).
Author
Sutherland, Wendy, 1964-
Publication
  • Farnham, Surrey, England : Ashgate, [2016]
  • ©2016

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Description
xv, 258 pages : illustrations; 24 cm
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Criticism, interpretation, etc.
  • History.
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-250) and index.
Contents
Introduction -- Race in eighteenth-century Germany -- Slavery, colonialism, and the eighteenth-century global stage -- "Looking at the overlooked": stage properties and the table in Karl Lessing's Die mätresse (1780) -- The construction of whiteness in the traditional German bourgeois drama -- Race, doubles, and foils: staging blackness in Friedrich Wilhelm Ziegler's Die mohrinn (1801) -- Race, homosocial desire, and the black in Ernst Lorenz Rathlef's Die mohrinn zu Hamburg (1775) -- Reading in the dark? racial hierarchy and miscegenation in Heinrich von Kleist's Die verlobung in St. Domingo (1811) and Theodor Körner's Toni (1812) -- Epilogue.
Call Number
Sc E 16-1322
ISBN
  • 9781409424024
  • 1409424022
LCCN
2015022701
OCLC
927446894
Author
Sutherland, Wendy, 1964- author.
Title
Staging blackness and performing whiteness in eighteenth-century German drama / Wendy Sutherland (New College of Florida, USA).
Publisher
Farnham, Surrey, England : Ashgate, [2016]
Copyright Date
©2016
Type of Content
text
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
volume
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-250) and index.
Summary
Focusing on eighteenth-century cultural productions, Wendy Sutherland examines how representations of race in philosophy, anthropology, aesthetics, drama, and court painting influenced the construction of a white bourgeois German self. Sutherland positions her work within the framework of the transatlantic slave trade, showing that slavery, colonialism, and the triangular trade between Europe, West Africa, and the Caribbean function as the global stage on which German bourgeois dramas by Friedrich Wilhelm Ziegler, Ernst Lorenz Rathlef, and Theodor Korner (and a novella by Heinrich von Kleist on which Korner's play was based) were performed against a backdrop of philosophical and anthropological influences. Plays had an important role in educating the rising bourgeois class in morality, Sutherland argues, with fathers and daughters offered as exemplary moral figures in contrast to the depraved aristocracy. At the same time, black female protagonists in nontraditional dramas represent the boundaries of physical beauty and marriage eligibility while also complicating ideas of moral beauty embodied in the concept of the beautiful soul.0Her book offers convincing evidence that the eighteenth-century German stage grappled with the representation of blackness during the Age of Goethe, even though the German states were neither colonial powers nor direct participants in the slave trade.
Chronological Term
1700-1799
Research Call Number
Sc E 16-1322
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