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The improbability of Othello : rhetorical anthropology and shakespearean selfhood

Author: Joel B Altman
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010.
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Shakespeare's dramatis personae exist in a world of supposition, struggling to connect knowledge that cannot be had, judgments that must be made, and actions that need to be taken. For them, probability--what they and others might be persuaded to believe--governs human affairs, not certainty. Yet negotiating the space of probability is fraught with difficulty. Here, Joel B. Altman explores the problematics of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Altman, Joel B.
Improbability of Othello.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010
(DLC) 2009021507
(OCoLC)317923035
Named Person: William Shakespeare
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joel B Altman
ISBN: 9780226016122 0226016129 9780226016108 0226016102
OCLC Number: 615636933
Description: 1 online resource (450 pages)
Contents: Prologue. 'As if for surety': the problematics of shakespearean probability --
Toward a rhetorical genealogy of Othello --
'My parts, my title, and my perfect soul': ingenuity, apodeixis, and the origins of rhetorical anthropology --
'Against my estimation': ciceronian decorum, stoic constancy, and the production of ethos --
The logic of Renaissance rhetoric --
'Apt and true': speech, world, and thought in Shakespeare's humanist dialectic --
'Yonder's foul murders done': place, predicament, and grammatical space on Cyprus --
Willful words, Christian anxieties, and shakespearean dramaturgy --
'Tis in ourselves that we are thus, or thus': will, habit, and the discourse of res --
'Preposterous conclusions': eros, enargeia, and composition in Othello --
'Prophetic fury': the language of theatrical potentiality and the economy of shakespearean reception --
Tropings of the self in Shakespeare's scripts --
'I am not what I am': Shakespeare's scripted subject --
'Nobody. I myself': discovering what passes show --
Performing the improbable other on Shakespeare's stage --
'Were I the Moor, I would not be Iago': ligatures of self and stranger --
'It is not words that shakes me thus': Burbage, as if Othello --
Epilogue. 'Make not impossible/that which but seems unlike': the twilight of probability and the dawn of shakespearean romance.
Responsibility: Joel B. Altman.

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Shakespeare's dramatis personae exist in a world of supposition, struggling to connect knowledge that cannot be had, judgments that must be made, and actions that need to be taken. For them, probability--what they and others might be persuaded to believe--governs human affairs, not certainty. Yet negotiating the space of probability is fraught with difficulty. Here, Joel B. Altman explores the problematics of probability and the psychology of persuasion in Renaissance rhetoric and Shakespeare's theater. Focusing on the Tragedy of Othello, Altman investigates Shakespeare's representation of the s.

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