William Shakespeare Is Considered The Best Poet And Dramatist Of All Ages. His Tragic Drama Othello Has Been Popular Since Its First Perfor¬Mance At The Beginning Of The Seventeenth Century, With Both The Audience And The Readers. The Play Is Still Performed And Several Film Versions Have Also Appeared. The Play Generated Much Controversy And At The Same Time Created Some Genuine Interest In It. It Is, However, In The Theatre That We Can Fully Appreciate The Genius Of Shakespeare As A Dramatist. But In Order To Have A Proper Assessment Of A Play By Shakespeare, We Must Also Be Ready To Study It As Literature, Welcoming The Observations Of The Critics And Scholars, As They Help Us Come Closer To The Proper Meaning Of The Play.An Attempt Has Been Made In This Critical Study To Provide The Readers Of Othello With That Clear Insight Which May Help Them Comprehend The Play Properly, Enhancing Their Enjoyment Of The Play. Besides Discussing The Various Problems Connected With The Play, This Study Provides A Detailed Critical Analysis Of The Play, Scene By Scene, And Various Critical Approaches To The Play From The Seventeenth Century Upto The Modern Times. The Debates About The Real Identity Of The Dramatist, Continuing From The Beginning Right Up To The Present Time, Have Been Discussed And The Curious May Find In Them Enough Food For Thought. A Select Bibliography Has Also Been Provided For The Discerning Readers Who Want To Know More About The Play. A Number Of Questions Have Been Given At The End To Stimulate The Readers Interest In The Drama. As An Aid To The Smooth Reading Of The Play, A Glossary Of Difficult And Obscure Words And Terms Has Been Appended To The Book.It Is Hoped That The Present Book Will Prove Highly Useful To Both Students And Researchers Of English Literature. Even Those Engaged In Teaching Shakespearian Plays Will Find It Informative And Valuable.
Category: Othello (Fictitious character) in literature
Camus's landmark novel traces the aftermath of a shocking crime and the man whose fate is sealed with one rash and foolhardy act. The Stranger presents readers with a new kind of protagonist, a man unable to transcend the tedium and inherent absurdity of everyday existence in a world indifferent to the struggles and strivings of its human denizens. This addition to the Bloom's Guides series features an annotated bibliography and a listing of works by the author for further reading.
The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in the series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. Betrayal and manipulation lie at the heart of Othello. Keep up with all the crosses and double-crosses of this tragic play with the CliffsNotes version of the play, which will help you form your own opinions about Iago's schemes, Othello's motives, and Desdemona's loyalty. Other features that help you study include Background information about the life and times of William Shakespeare to help you understand his influences A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters Glossaries to help you comprehend Shakespeare’s language Critical essays on the character pairs and major themes of the play A review section that tests your knowledge Classic literature or modern-day treasure—you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.
Essay from the year 2015 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, , language: English, abstract: This eassy offers an feminist analysis of the literary character of Desdemona from William Shakespeare's "Othello."
When decorated Moorish general Othello appoints Cassio as his chief lieutenant, Iago gets jealous and plots revenge, alleging that Othello's wife, a much younger white woman, is having an affair with Cassio. In many ways, Shakespeare's Othello remains a potent expression of race and racism three-hundred years after its publication. This volume offers compelling interpretations of the actions and the characters that have made this play so controversial. Essays discuss the question of Othello's color, the contradictory notions of black and white in the play, sexuality and racial difference, and whether Desdemona's marriage to Othello incites racism. Contributors include Ania Loomba, Peter Ackroyd, and Doris Adler.
International Shakespeare Association. World Congress
The Selected Proceedings of the International Shakespeare Association World Congress Brisbane, 2006
Author: International Shakespeare Association. World Congress
Publisher: Associated University Presse
Category: Literary Collections
This collection offers 29 essays by many of the world's major scholars of the extraordinary diversity and richness of Shakespeare studies today. It ranges from examinations of the society Shakespeare himself lived in, to recent films, plays, novels and operatic adaptations in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.
Lindsey R. Swindall examines the historical and political context of acclaimed African American actor Paul Robeson's three portrayals of Shakespeare's Othello in the United Kingdom and the United States. These performances took place in London in 1930, on Broadway in 1943, and in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1959. All three of the productions, when considered together, provide an intriguing glimpse into Robeson's artistry as well as his political activism. The Politics of Paul Robeson's Othello maintains that Robeson's development into a politically minded artist explicates the broader issue of the role of the African American artist in times of crisis. Robeson (1898-1976) fervently believed that political engagement was an inherent component of the role of the artist in society, and his performances demonstrate this conviction. In the 1930 production, audiences and critics alike confronted the question: Should a black actor play Othello in an otherwise all-white cast? In the 1943 production on Broadway, Robeson consciously used the role as a form for questioning theater segregation both onstage and in the seats. In 1959, after he had become well known for his leftist views and sympathies with Communism, his performance in a major Stratford-upon-Avon production called into question whether audiences could accept onstage an African American who held radical-and increasingly unpopular-political views. Swindall thoughtfully uses Robeson's Othello performances as a collective lens to analyze the actor and activist's political and intellectual development.
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Including twenty-one groundbreaking chapters that examine one of Shakespeare's most complex tragedies. Othello: Critical Essays explores issues of friendship and fealty, love and betrayal, race and gender issues, and much more.
Despite the growing critical relevance of Shakespeare's two Venetian plays and a burgeoning bibliography on both The Merchant of Venice and Othello, few books have dealt extensively with the relationship between Shakespeare and Venice. Setting out to offer new perspectives to a traditional topic, this timely collection fills a gap in the literature, addressing the new historical, political and economic questions that have been raised in the last few years. The essays in this volume consider Venice a real as well as symbolic landscape that needs to be explored in its multiple resonances, both in Shakespeare's historical context and in the later tradition of reconfiguring one of the most represented cities in Western culture. Shylock and Othello are there to remind us of the dark sides of the myth of Venice, and of the inescapable fact that the issues raised in the Venetian plays are tremendously topical; we are still haunted by these theatrical casualties of early modern multiculturalism.