Othello: The State of Play

Othello: The State of Play


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Othello has a long history of provoking profound emotion in its audiences and readers. This 'freeze frame' volume showcases current debates and ideas about the play's provocative effects. Each chapter has been carefully selected for its originality and relevance to the needs of students, teachers, and researchers. Key issues and themes include:
- Gender, Love, and Desire
- Race, Ethnicity, and Difference
- Social Relations, Status, and Ambition
- Tragedy, Comedy, and Parody
- Language, Expression, and Characterization
All the essays offer new perspectives and combine to give readers an up-to-date understanding of what's exciting and challenging about Othello. The approach based on an individual play, unlike that of topic-based series, reflects how Shakespeare is most commonly studied and taught.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781408184776
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 06/19/2014
Series: Arden Shakespeare The State of Play
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Lena Cowen Orlin is Professor of English at Georgetown University, USA.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Lena Cowen Orlin (Georgetown University, USA)
1. Two Faced: the Problem of Othello's Visage - Ambereen Dadabhoy (Harvey Mudd College, USA)
2. Eloquent Barbarians: on the Critical Potential of Passionate Character - Lynn Enterline;
3. Audience-Actor Boundaries in Othello - Laurie E. Maguire (University of Oxford, UK)
4. "Speak[ing] Parrot" in Othello: Recontextualizing Black Speech in the Global Renaissance
- Robert Hornback (Oglethorpe University, USA)
5. Secrets and Lies - Lois Potter (University of Delaware, USA)
6. Shakespeare's Nobody - Colleen Ruth Rosenfeld (Pomona College, USA)
7. Lucretius and Consummation in Othello - David Schalkwyk (Gallatin School of Individualized Study, USA)
8. Making Ambition Virtue? James Siemon (Washington University, USA)
9. Othello's Black Handkerchief - Ian Smith (Lafayette College, USA)
10. Double Diction and Othello's Dual Identity - Robert N. Watson (UCLA, USA)

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