|GW English Professor
Professor Ayanna Thompson has been featured on the Shakespeare Unlimited Podcast, available on the Folger Shakespeare Library’s website.
“Our own voices with our own tongues”: Shakespeare in Black and White is available for listening here.
The library’s website describes the podcast:
‘In one of two podcasts on Shakespeare and the African American experience, “Our Own Voices with Our Own Tongues” revisits the era when Jim Crow segregation was at its height, from a few years after the end of the Civil War to the 1940s and 1950s.
Rebecca Sheir, host of the Shakespeare Unlimited series, talks about black Americans and Shakespeare in that time with two scholars of the period, Marvin MacAllister and Ayanna Thompson.
The discussion ranges from landmark performances—Orson Welles’s Depression-era all-black Macbeth and Paul Robeson’s Othello— to powerful, though less familiar, stories from the Folger’s hometown of Washington, DC. It also draws in later questions about African Americans and Shakespeare, including the role of race in casting choices to this day.’