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Shakespeare: Othello

Paul Hammond

in The Strangeness of Tragedy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199572601
eISBN:
9780191702099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572601.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Drama

The superficial strangeness of Othello is evident from the start of the play; his deeper estrangement is brought about in the course of the tragedy; indeed, this is his tragedy. Othello is a drama of ... More


Emptying the Human: Othello

Andy Mousley

in Re-Humanising Shakespeare: Literary Humanism, Wisdom and Modernity

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748623181
eISBN:
9780748652211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623181.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter investigates the unacceptable version of scepticism that is represented by nihilist and instrumentalist Iago in Othello, first taking up the play's implied questioning of nature and ... More


Toni Morrison: Memory and Meaning

Adrienne Lanier Seward and Justine Tally (eds)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781628460193
eISBN:
9781626740419
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628460193.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Toni Morrison: Memory and Meaning includes essays by well-known international scholars focusing on the author’s literary production and including her very latest works—the theatrical production ... More


The Sound of Change: A Musical Transit through the Wounded Modernity of Desdemona

Lenore Kitts

in Toni Morrison: Memory and Meaning

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781628460193
eISBN:
9781626740419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628460193.003.0021
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

In Morrison’s performance piece, Desdemona, racial, class and gender politics permeate her “reimagining” of Shakespeare’s play and the tragedy (and voicelessness) of his female protagonist. Kitts ... More


Black Literary Writers and Post-Blackness

Stephanie Li

in The Trouble with Post-Blackness

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231169349
eISBN:
9780231538503
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231169349.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter examines what post-blackness means for black literary writers by offering a reading of Toni Morrison’s Desdemona as an opportunity to invite creative and literary traditions into the ... More


Othello's Jealousy

Millicent Bell

in Shakespeare's Tragic Skepticism

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300092554
eISBN:
9780300127201
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300092554.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the chief subject of Othello—sexual jealousy. Most dramatic representations seize upon and emphasize the way this condition, like a fatal disease, grows on the hero and destroys ... More


Cold-Blooded and High-Minded Murder: The “Case” of Othello

Richard Strier and Richard H. McAdams

in Fatal Fictions: Crime and Investigation in Law and Literature

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780190610784
eISBN:
9780190610807
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190610784.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Drama

Chapter 6 explores the period English law that bears on the crime that Othello commits when he kills Desdemona, a matter made complex by his honor motivation and his strange state of mind. Pointing ... More


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