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Shakespeare - Othello : Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism - J. Turner

Shakespeare - Othello

Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism

Paperback Published: 1st September 2000
ISBN: 9781840461725
For Ages: 15 - 18 years old

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Othello is perhaps Shakespeare s most troublesome tragedy. While it has retained its popularity on the stage, many critics have struggled to see value in it. The Romantics warmed to the figure of Othello himself and wrung their hands over the plight of Desdemona; the Modernists looked down on the play as an achievement of Shakespeare s stagecraft rather than of his imagination. The play continues to be read, staged and studied, and each new approach provides a new view. In this Icon Readers Guide, Nicholas Potter traces the critical history of the play from the earliest pronouncements to present-day criticism. The most significant critical accounts are excerpted and discussed, placed within their historical context and assessed for their contribution to the developing evaluation of the work. The Guide assumes no particular view of the continuing debate, but tries to do justice to the variety of opinion, as well as pointing out significant themes and recurring concerns. The ugly racism of many critical accounts, and the inadequacy of many attempts to face up to the issues raised by the play, are not glossed over. Othello is a play that challenges many received opinions and that still provokes controversy. Would it be worth study if it did not?

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'I continue to find the Readers' Guides indispensable for teaching - they really give students a sense of criticism having a history' - Professor Rachel Bowlby, University of York 'The series looks really excellent - attractively produced, user friendly; and outstanding value for money' - Ronald Knowles, Reader, University of Reading

Introduction Restoring Order: 'The Tragedy of the Handkerchief' The Age of Johnson: The Triumph of Reason The Nineteenth Century: Romantics to Victorians The Moderns: The Ghost of Rymer The Mid-Century: Revaluation 'The Play's the Thing': Some Postmodern Voices Notes Selected Bibliography Suggested Further Reading Acknowledgements Index

ISBN: 9781840461725
ISBN-10: 1840461721
Series: Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 15 - 18 years old
For Grades: 10 - 12
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 1st September 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.8 x 13.7  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1

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