Department of English Language and Literature and the College
In her research and teaching, Noémie Ndiaye explores the relationship between theater and the social, political, and cultural struggles of early modernity relating to race, gender, and identity formation. She does so in a comparative and transnational framework. Her book in progress, “Racecraft: Early Modern Repertoires of Blackness,” dissects the stagecraft used in early modern theater and performance culture to represent and racialize Africans and Afro-descendants across borders in early modern England, France, and Spain. She argues that, from the beginning of the 16th century to the beginning of the 18th century, the cosmetic, vocal, and kinetic techniques of racial impersonation used by white actors, amateurs, and enthusiasts to represent black characters effected ideological work by fostering new habits of mind among spectators across Europe. Her book is based on her dissertation, which won the Shakespeare Association of America’s J. Leeds Barroll Dissertation Prize in 2018.
Ndiaye’s research has been published in Early Theater and Renaissance Drama, and is forthcoming in English Literary Renaissance and American Historical Review.
Trained as a professional actor at Le Cours Simon in Paris, Ndiaye holds a PhD and MA in theatre from Columbia University, and an MA and BA in English literature from Paris-Sorbonne University.