Noémie Ndiaye is a PhD candidate in Theatre in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. Her research focuses on early modern theatre across Europe. In her dissertation, “Marking Blackness”, she dissects the stagecraft used in seventeenth century theatre to represent and racialize Africans and Afro-descendants in England, France, and Spain. She close-reads plays, paratexts, images, treatises, and historical records to reconstruct the way Africans and Afro-descendants looked, sounded, and moved on stage—focusing on techniques of embodiment such as blackface, black talk, and black dance—and she discusses the likely effect of those techniques on early modern audiences. She is a former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, and has received the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for academic year 2016-2017. Her research is forthcoming in Transnational Networks in Early Modern Theatre, M.A. Katritzky and Pavel Drábek, eds, as well as in the peer-reviewed journals Early Theatre and Renaissance Drama (Fall 2016). Other academic interests include transnational theatre history, performance of race and gender, acting, and translation (English, French, Spanish).
Early Modern Theatre; Comparative Drama; Race Studies; Performance; Colonialism and Post-colonialism; Literary Translation