Shakespeare's Othello / Edition 88

Shakespeare's Othello / Edition 88

by Peter Erickson
     
 

Investigating the paramount issues of race, gender, and sexuality in Othello; teaching the drama as an adventure play, as a tragedy and a comedy, as an antirevenge play; assessing the complex motivations of Iago; exploring the range of actors' interpretations of Othello's character over the centuries—these are only a few of the pedagogical strategies discussed

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Investigating the paramount issues of race, gender, and sexuality in Othello; teaching the drama as an adventure play, as a tragedy and a comedy, as an antirevenge play; assessing the complex motivations of Iago; exploring the range of actors' interpretations of Othello's character over the centuries—these are only a few of the pedagogical strategies discussed in this volume. Part 1, "Materials," is designed to help instructors manage the wealth of resources available for teaching Othello. The editors carefully assess editions of Othello and of Shakespeare's collected works; review the textual history of the play; survey studies that address gender and race as historical concepts; and examine visual representations of Othello, particularly film adaptations. The essays in the second part, "Approaches," are divided into six topical sections. The first group considers race in Othello, in the Renaissance, and in the contemporary classroom. The second section addresses male desire, the fluidity of gender roles, and competing male and female fantasies. The generic forces that shape Othello are examined in the third section. The final sections explore classroom strategies, survey performances of the play, and formulate innovative ways to teach the sources and analogs of Othello.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873529914
Publisher:
Modern Language Association of America
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Series:
Approaches to Teaching World Literature
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1Materials
Pt. 2Approaches
Introduction25
Prologue : Othello in the work of James R. Andreas31
Othello and race37
Rememorializing Othello : teaching Othello and the cultural memory of racism53
"Your own for ever" : revealing masculine desire in Othello62
Improvisation and Othello : the play of race and gender72
Orders of fantasy in Othello80
Othello as an adventure play90
Teaching Othello as tragedy and comedy100
"'Tis but a man gone" : teaching Othello as an (anti)revenge play108
Teaching the texts of Othello117
Motivating Iago125
Unhoused in Othello133
Teaching teachers : Othello in a graduate seminar141
Teaching Richard Burbage's Othello148
Teaching Othello through performance choices156
"Ocular proof" : Teaching Othello in performance162
Interpreting the tragic loading of the bed in cinematic adaptations of Othello169
Teaching Othello with works by Elizabeth Cary and Aphra Behn180
Tales of a fateful handkerchief : Verdi, Vogel, Cinthio, and Shakespeare present Othello187
Paper, linen, sheets : Dinesen's "The blank page" and Desdemona's handkerchief194
Finding Othello's African roots through Djanet Sears's Harlem duet202

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