Othello: New Perspectives

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Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, paperback, 241 x 159mm, 276pp
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This anthology offers an exciting range of new critical responses to Shakespeare's most controversial tragedy.

In her introduction, Virginia Mason Vaughan surveys the entire anthology, relating each new perspective to the traditional viewpoints of earlier 20th-century critics. For the first half of the 20th century, critics catalogued and analysed Shakespeare's poetic language while they debated Othello's stature as a tragic hero and Iago's motivation as a villain. By contrast, the essays included in this volume reveal the play's dissonance's and ambiguities. They employ a variety of contemporary discourses - deconstruction, feminism, performance theory, speech act theory, and cultural poetics - to re-examine Othello.

Throughout, they treat Shakespeare's tragedy as theatrical text, foregrounding its dramatic properties and exploiting current theories about performance to show how the play actually works.

'Its strength is its readings, almost all of which are extremely accessible and suggestive, presenting particular moments of Othello in important new ways. Though certainly an aid to critical pursuits outside the classroom, this book seems most important as a resource for teaching both graduate and undergraduate classes. Because its essays complement each other extremely well (even when they disagree), they provide an engaging dialogue that can be easily entered and productively explored, expanded, and exploded by teachers as well as students' - Emily C. Bartels, Shakespeare Quarterly


SKU 9780838637081
Barcode # 9780838637081
Brand AUP
Artist / Author Virginia Mason VAUGHAN & Kent CARTWRIGHT(editors)

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