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Author: Faith Nostbakken
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000.
Series: '">Greenwood Press "Literature in context" series.
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"This interdisciplinary casebook is designed to help students and their teachers explore the historical and modern issues related to the play. By combining primary documents with commentary, this guide considers many theatrical, cultural, social, and political concerns at the core of Othello. A literary analysis chapter addresses such topics as the nature of tragedy, the source of the play, and the richness of
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Nostbakken, Faith, 1964-
Understanding Othello.
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000
(OCoLC)606366170
Online version:
Nostbakken, Faith, 1964-
Understanding Othello.
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000
(OCoLC)608669170
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Faith Nostbakken
ISBN: 0313309868 9780313309861
OCLC Number: 43474678
Description: xvii, 230 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Dramatic analysis: Tragedy and the popular tradition: From Aristotle, The poetics (c. 330 B.C) --
Othello's Italian source: From Giraldi Cinthio, Gli Hecatommithi, Decade 3, Novella 7 (1565) --
Poetic and dramatic patterns --
Historical context: race and religion: The Venetian: From Gasper Contareno, The commonwealth and government of Venice, Trans. Lewis Lewkenor (1599) --
From Thomas Coryat, Coryat's crudities (1611) --
From Roger Ascham, The schoolmaster (1570, 1572) --
The Turk: From Richard Knolles, The Turkish history Abridged by Mr. Savage, vol. 1 (1603) --
From King James VI & I, The Lepanto of James the Sixt, King of Scotland," in His majesty's poetical exercises at vacant hours (1591) --
The Moor: From John Leo Africanus, The history and description of Africa [1600]. Trans. John Pory, vol.1 --
From Elizabeth I, "Licensing Casper Van Senden to deport Negros" [Draft; ca. January 1601] --
From George Peele, The battle of Alcazar (1589) --
From William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus (1593-1594) --
Historical context: Love and marriage: Shakespearean love poetry: From William Shakespeare, Sonnets 116 and 138 (c.1590s) --
A renaissance woman's view of men and love: From Jane Anger, Jane Anger her protection for women (1589) --
The consent and contract of marriage: From John Dod and Robert Cleaver, A godly form of household government (1598) --
The duties and responsibilities of marriage: From Edmund Tilney, A brief and pleasant discourse of duties in marriage, called the flower of friendship (1568) --
Historical context: War and the military: Soldiers, ensigns, and lieutenants: From William Garrard, The art of war (1591) --
The office of the general and certain laws of the field from Thomas Styward, The pathway to martial discipline (1581) --
Performance and interpretation: The Jacobean stage --
Theater from the restoration to the nineteenth Century --
From Thomas Rymer, A short view of tragedy (1693) --
From William Hazlitt, "Mr. Kean's Othello" (1816) --
From William Winter, Shakespeare on the stage (1911) --
From Lady Helena Saville Martin (Faucit), On some of Shakespeare's female characters (1893) --
Twentieth-Century performances: From Margaret Webster, Don't put your daughter on the stage (1972) --
From Kenneth Tynan, ed., Othello: The National Theatre production (1966) --
From Michael Macliammoir, Put money on thy purse: the filiming of Orson Welles' "Othello" (1970) --
Currents of criticism: The Twentieth century and beyond: From A. C. Bradley, Shakespearean tragedy (1904) --
From F. R. Leavis, "Diabolic intellect and the noble hero; or, The sentimentalist's Othello," The common pursuit (1937) --
From G. Wilson Knight, The wheel of fire (1930) --
From Irene Dash, Wooing, wedding and power: Women in Shakeapeare's plays (1981) --
Contemporary applications: From the headlines: Domestic violence: O. J. Simpson --
From Dan Mayers, "Simpson arrested in driveway after leading police on highway chase" (1994) --
From Jewelle Taylor Gibbs, Race and justice: Rodney King and O. J. Simpson in a house divided (1996) --
Bonnie Weston, "Abused women fear abusers may be emboldened by Simpson verdict" (1995) --
Loretta Green, "O. J. Simpson case was more about black and white than finding the killer" (1997) --
Psychopathic behavior: The unabomber --
From Hallye Jordan. "Unabomber will spend the rest of his life in prison" (1998) --
From Robert D. Hare, Without consience: the distubing world of the psychopaths among us (1995) --
Private lives and public office: Bill Clinton: Bill Clinton's televised speech (1998) --
"President Clinton should resign: hes an irresponsible risk-taker" 1999) --
"Please let this be the end of it: U.S. Senate accepts public verdict --
From the storylines: Love's dark side --
Rober Browning, "My last duchess" (1842) --
From William Faulkner, "A rose for Emily " (1931) --
The problem of evil: From Edgar Allan Poe, "The cask of Amontillado" (1846) --
From William Golding, Lord of the flies (1954).
Series Title: Greenwood Press "Literature in context" series.
Responsibility: Faith Nostbakken.

Abstract:

"This interdisciplinary casebook is designed to help students and their teachers explore the historical and modern issues related to the play. By combining primary documents with commentary, this guide considers many theatrical, cultural, social, and political concerns at the core of Othello. A literary analysis chapter addresses such topics as the nature of tragedy, the source of the play, and the richness of Othello's language, imagery, and thematic patterns. Three chapters on historical context consider attitudes toward race, love and marriage, and the role of the military in Shakespeare's time, revealing some of the social and political controversies reflected in Othello.

A discussion of performance and interpretation traces the changing cultural values and artistic expectations that have affected the popularity and interpretation of Othello on stage, in film, and in literary criticism over the centuries. A final chapter on contemporary applications expands the focus of discussion to explore how Othello might reflect and challenge perspectives on contemporary stories, including both factual events recorded in newspaper headlines and fictional plots drawn from a variety of storylines in literature."--BOOK JACKET.

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