Othello (Arden Shakespeare, Third Series)

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In a period of ten years, Shakespeare wrote a series of tragedies that established him, by universal consent, in the front rank of the world's dramatists. Critics have praised either Hamlet or King Lear as the greatest of these; Ernst Honigmann, in the most significant edition of the play for a generation, asks: why not Othello? The third of the mature tragedies, it contains, as Honigmann persuasively demonstrates, perhaps the best plot, two of Shakespeare's most original characters, the most powerful scene in ...

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Overview

In a period of ten years, Shakespeare wrote a series of tragedies that established him, by universal consent, in the front rank of the world's dramatists. Critics have praised either Hamlet or King Lear as the greatest of these; Ernst Honigmann, in the most significant edition of the play for a generation, asks: why not Othello? The third of the mature tragedies, it contains, as Honigmann persuasively demonstrates, perhaps the best plot, two of Shakespeare's most original characters, the most powerful scene in any of the plays, and poetry second to none. Honigmann's cogent and closely argued introduction outlines the reasons both for a reluctance to recognize the greatness of Othello and for the case against the play.
 
This edition sheds new light on the text of the play as we have come to know it, and on our knowledge of its early history. Honigmann examines the thematic portrayal of feminism, morality, and otherness. He provides a general character criticism, but delves more deeply into Othello, Iago, Desdemona, and Emilia in individual sections. He discusses the play in performance and the relationship between reading it and seeing it. He also explores topics such as its date, sources, and the conundrum of "double time".
 
Appendices cover date, details about and possible explanations for the textual inconsistencies, the principal and minor sources for the play, Edward Pudsey's extracts, and musical settings, reproduced from F.W. Sternfeld's Music in Shakespearean Tragedy. Finally, a reference section provides a list of abbreviations and references, a catalog of Shakespeare’s works and works partly by Shakespeare, and citations for the modern productions mentioned in the text, other collated editions of his work, and other related reading.
 
The Arden Shakespeare has developed a reputation as the pre-eminent critical edition of Shakespeare for its exceptional scholarship, reflected in the thoroughness of each volume. An introduction comprehensively contextualizes the play, chronicling the history and culture that surrounded and influenced Shakespeare at the time of its writing and performance, and closely surveying critical approaches to the work. Detailed appendices address problems like dating and casting, and analyze the differing Quarto and Folio sources. A full commentary by one or more of the play’s foremost contemporary scholars illuminates the text, glossing unfamiliar terms and drawing from an abundance of research and expertise to explain allusions and significant background information. Highly informative and accessible, Arden offers the fullest experience of Shakespeare available to a reader.

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"Honigmann's extensive knowledge illuminates this play at every turban, making this the best edition of Othello now available."—Brian Vickers, Review of English Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903436455
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 10/24/1996
  • Series: Arden Shakespeare Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 442
  • Sales rank: 319,697
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

E. A. J. Honigmann is the author of more than a dozen books on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, including Shakespeare: Seven Tragedies: The Dramatist's Manipulation of Response, and Myriad-Minded Shakespeare. He has taught as a lecturer at Glasgow University, as a Fellow of the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon (Birmingham University), as Joseph Cowen Professor of English Literature in the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and in Canada and the United States. His The Texts of 'Othello' and Shakespearian Revision is a companion volume to this Arden edition.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations General editors preface Preface INTRODUCTION: The greatest tragedy? Date, text and principal source Shakespeare and the Barbarians Preliminary reading Venice in the sixteenth-century Cyprus Cinthio Character criticism Othello Otherness Iago Desdemona Emilia Relationships Sex and love Feminism Morality and the moral Stereotypes Plot Genre Language Stage imagery The play in the theatre Again: the greatest tragedy? THE TRAGEDY OF OTHELLO, THE MOOR OF VENICE Longer notes APPENDICES: 1) Date 2) The textual problem 3) Cinthio and minor sources 4) Edward Pudseys extracts from Othello 5) Musical settings for songs in Othello (Musical adviser: Helen Wilcox) Abbreviations and references Index

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  • Posted November 28, 2009

    An excellent edition of Othello

    This review is not of Othello itself (which is tremendously good), but rather on this edition of Othello (ISBN: 9781411400399), which was edited by Daniel Vitkus and David Scott Kastan.

    I read a lot of heavily annotated books, and I have to say that the Barnes & Noble Shakespeare editions have one of the best book designs I've ever encountered. The various references materials (footnotes and definitions for archaic words) appear in a manner that makes the text very easy to follow.

    The scholarship is also top-notch. The annotations give you enough to make things clear without insulting your intelligence, or without overburdening you with unnecessary detail. The essays are also interesting and informative.

    I've been avoiding Shakespeare ever since high school, which was many years ago. Now that I'm reading him again, I'm glad I'm in such good hands. It is making the experience a joy, rather than a chore.

    My compliments to the editors and the book designer. They have done a superior job of making this difficult text accessible to the modern reader. Highly recommended.

    13 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    ???

    Why give samples of books if the sample is only the introduction or publishers notes? It gives no sample of the actual story itself, so you have no way of knowing how the story is written to see if you understand it. Very annoying.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

    Outstanding edition of a Shakespeare classic

    The story of Othello is one of Shakespeare's best: Iago is the ultimate antagonist you love to hate. On the one hand, it is fascinating to watch him plot, scheme and set his traps. On the other, you are appalled at how quickly Othello turns on his new wife, just on the word of Iago. Shakespeare is the master! The Folger edition is also a classic. These are the editions I bought as a student, and now that I'm teaching Shakespeare, I was delighted that this was the edition my students requested. The edition combines the Folio version and the Quarto version, indicating those words unique to one version. My (middle school) students enjoy the plot summaries at the beginning of each scene and the definitions of unfamiliar words on the left hand page. Definitely a book to keep in your library.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

    Take a look

    This is a good book for those who are somewhat familiar with the works of Shakespeare as it provided translation to some of the text (but not all). The beginning gives good insight into Shakespeare.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2008

    Shakespeare's Othello

    I absolutely loved Othello. The love between Othello and Desdemona was beyond comprehension. Shakespeare uses beautiful metaphores and use of language that makes us believe the beauty of love, power of hatred and most of all, jealousy. My all time favorite villain is Iago. Shakespeare gives this particular character its own world. The multiple personality of Iago is very frightening that leads to a great tragedy of this play. Throughout the play, Iago builds his way up to the top and explodes leaving his good side behind. A true Shakespeare classic that will never leave your heart.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    YES!!!!

    This play was absolutely amazing. It definitely teaches you the result of jealousy without "ocular proof". A great read. I zoomed by it so fast... finished it in two days. Amazing amazing amazing. This addition is absolutely perfect for Shakespeare beginners. :)))
    Whoever said his plays were a bore?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2009

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    My favorite tragedy

    Yes, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth are indeed more famous plays, but Othello deserves more recognition! It's a delightfully convoluted plot, and the characters are so believable. Plus, the dialogue is beautiful, and it deals with a problem relevant to today's society:racism. So, yeah, read this play.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 2, 2014

    To all

    What is the thing i need to search to get the whole rp

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    Posted June 18, 2014

    AnnaSophia to Demon

    Had to send someone after me? Weakling.

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    Posted June 18, 2014

    Ghost

    Enters

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    Posted June 18, 2014

    Eminem

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    Ok

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    Posted June 19, 2014

    Jellal to neko

    Go to viking tales res 1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    Demon

    Idk ik not the one who broght him here

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    Posted June 6, 2014

    Rainbow whiskers

    Is back .. after her two month leave

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    Posted June 17, 2014

    Endie**

    **Are tough.

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    Posted June 19, 2014

    Neko

    "Huh?"

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    Posted May 12, 2014

    Dess

    She sighs,watching.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    Ghyst

    "Warrior RP. The cat clans."

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