Sydnee Wagner: "Othello's Gypsy Handkerchief"
SEP 14, 2017 | 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
September 14, 2017: 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Center for the Study of Women & Society, the Society for the Study of Women in the Renaissance, and the CUNY Academy for Humanities & Sciences
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, this talk will explore how the materiality of such objects often constitutes the immateriality of certain racialized subjects on the early modern stage, who are rendered ghostly matter in the wake of a memory in flux.
SYDNEE WAGNER is a PhD Candidate studying early modern English literature and culture at The Graduate Center, CUNY.