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Othello : A Contextual History - Prof. Virginia Mason Vaughan


A Contextual History

Paperback Published: 3rd February 1997
ISBN: 9780521587082
Number Of Pages: 260

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Shakespeare's Othello has exercised a powerful fascination over audiences with its portrayal of destructive jealousy. This study is a major exercise in the historicization of Othello in which the author examines contemporary writings and demonstrates how they were embedded in the text. Subsequent chapters analyze representations and interpretations from the Restoration to the present, using illustrations of performances and performers. Othello is revealed as a significant shaper of cultural meaning.

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'... as a nuanced and selective work of Shakespearian scholarship, Othello: a Contextual History is a substantial achievement. Vaughan uses her previous bibliographical and editorial work to fine effect, compiling rare illustrations, opening up some new perspectives ... and establishing the mechanisms whereby the play makes and is made by diverse cultural meanings and attitudes'. Theatre Research International Othello: a Contextual History represents a genuinely new way of doing Shakespeare studies; a synthesis of performance and context histories that works only because so intelligently and compellingly historicised. It will be deeply influential.' Meridian

List of illustrationsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Jacobean Contexts
Global discourse: Venetians and Turksp. 13
Military discourse: knights and mercenariesp. 35
Racial discourse: black and whitep. 51
Marital discourse: husbands and wivesp. 71
Othello in Restoration Englandp. 93
Amateur versus professional: the Delaval Othellop. 113
William Charles Macready and the domestic Othellop. 135
Salvini, Irving, and the dissociation of intellectp. 158
"The Ethiopian Moor": Paul Robeson's Othellop. 181
Orson Welles and the patriarchal eyep. 199
Othello for the 1990s: Trevor Nunn's 1989 Royal Shakespeare Company productionp. 217
Conclusionp. 233
Indexp. 238
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ISBN: 9780521587082
ISBN-10: 0521587085
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 3rd February 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.44  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.39