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A Titus Tangent of Tone
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0084  Sunday, 10 February 2008

From:		Paul E. Doniger <
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Date:		Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 18:28:47 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 19.0072 A Titus Tangent of Tone
Comment:	Re: SHK 19.0072 A Titus Tangent of Tone

Kristen McDermott paraphrases Robert Hornback's "Emblems of Folly in the 
First Othello: Renaissance Blackface, Moor's Coat, and 'Muckender'," 
Comparative Drama 35.1 (2001): 69-99: "He argues persuasively that 
blackface was equally associated with stage fools as with devils-very 
interesting stuff."

I wonder if this association is somehow connected with the black leather 
masks of Harlequin and others from the Italian Comedy (Brighella & Il 
Dottore also had black masks)? Does anyone know?

Paul E. Doniger

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