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Othello: (Modern Critical Interpretations)

W. Shakespeare (Author), Harold Bloom (ed.)

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ISBN 10: 8130918897 / ISBN 13: 9788130918891
Published by Viva Books, 2011
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It is one of the peculiar splendors of Othello that we cannot understand Othello?s belated jealousy without first understanding Iago?s primal envy of Othello, which is at the hidden center of the play. I think it is no accident that nearly every phrase of Lacan?s critique of psychoanalysis seems a brilliant reading of Othello, for I would propose that there is a deep resemblance between the construction of self in analysis?at least as Lacan conceives it?and Othello?s self-fashioning. VIVA MODERN CRITICAL INTERPRETATIONS presents the best current criticism on the most widely read and studied poems, novels and dramas of the Western world, from Oedipus Rex and the Iliad to such modern and contemporary works as William Faulkner?s The Sound and the Fury and Don Delillo?s White Noise. Each volume opens with an introductory essay and editor?s note by Harold Bloom and includes a bibliography, a chronology of the author?s life and works, and notes on the contributors. Taken together, VIVA MODERN CRITICAL INTERPRETATIONS provides a comprehensive critical guide to the most vital and influential works of the Western literary tradition. Contents: Introduction ? Epistemology and Tragedy: A Reading of Othello ? Beyond Comedy: Othello ? The Improvisation of Power ? Othello?s Occupation: Shakespeare and the Romance of Chivalry ? Women and Men in Othello ? Shakespeare and Rhetoric: "Dilation" and "Delation" in Othello ? Othello ? Chronology ? Contributors Printed Pages: 162. Bookseller Inventory # 8777

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Title: Othello: (Modern Critical Interpretations)

Publisher: Viva Books

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Softcover

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Othello is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1603. It is based on the story Un Capitano Moro ("A Moorish Captain") by Cinthio, a disciple of Boccaccio, first published in 1565. The story revolves around four central characters: Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army; his beloved wife, Desdemona; his loyal lieutenant, Cassio; and his trusted but ultimately unfaithful ensign, Iago. Given its varied and enduring themes of racism, love, jealousy, betrayal, revenge and repentance, Othello is still often performed in professional and community theatre alike, and has been the source for numerous operatic, film, and literary adaptations. Roderigo, a rich and dissolute gentleman, complains to his friend Iago, an ensign, that Iago has not told him about the secret marriage between Desdemona, the daughter of a Senator named Brabantio, and Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army. Roderigo is upset because he loves Desdemona and had asked her father for her hand in marriage. Iago hates Othello for promoting a younger man named Cassio above him, whom Iago considers less capable a soldier than himself, and tells Roderigo that he plans to use Othello for his own advantage. Iago convinces Roderigo to wake Brabantio and tell him about his daughter's elopement. Meanwhile, Iago sneaks away to find Othello and warns him that Brabantio is coming for him. Brabantio, provoked by Roderigo, is enraged and will not rest until he has beheaded Othello, but he finds Othello's residence full of the Duke of Venice's guards, who prevent violence. News has arrived in Venice that the Turks are going to attack Cyprus; therefore Othello is summoned to advise the senators. Brabantio has no option but to accompany Othello to the Duke's residence, where he accuses Othello of seducing Desdemona by witchcraft. Othello defends himself before the Duke of Venice, Brabantio's kinsmen Lodovico and Gratiano, and various senators. Othello explains that Desdemona became enamoured of him for the sad and compelling stories he told of his life before Venice, not because of any witchcraft. The senate is satisfied, once Desdemona confirms that she loves Othello, but Brabantio leaves saying that Desdemona will betray Othello: "Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see:/She has deceived her father, and may thee." Iago, still in the room, takes note of Brabantio's remark. By order of the Duke, Othello leaves Venice to command the Venetian armies against invading Turks on the island of Cyprus, accompanied by his new wife, his new lieutenant Cassio, his ensign Iago, and Iago's wife, Emilia, as Desdemona's attendant.

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