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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0166  Wednesday, 24 January 2001

From:           David Schalkwyk <
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Date:           Wednesday, 24 Jan 2001 12:51:13 +0200
Subject:        Whiteface

In her essay, "Othello was a white man", in _Alternative Shakespeare's
2_, Dympna Callaghan claims that "on stage, whiteface was probably the
primary way of signifying femininity" (p. 202) in Shakespeare's
theatre.  This seems to me to be a very strong claim.  Does anyone
perhaps know where or how it could be corroborated?

David Schalkwyk
 

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