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3. Casting Iago
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about the character of Iago, the largest role in the play and the second-largest in the whole of Shakespeare (after Hamlet). Firstly, we think about some of the stock roles that Shakespeare appears to drawn upon when creating the character of Iago. After that, we think about why Iago does what he does, before considering the casting of Iago in relation to Othello.
In this course, we explore several aspects of Shakespeare’s Othello, thinking in particular about the play in performance. In the first module, we explore the concept of racism in the play, before moving on in the following three modules to explore issues surrounding the casting of the three main characters of the play: Othello, Iago, and Desdemona. In the final module, we turn to the language of Othello, the so-called Music of Othello.
Born in Bristol, and educated at Oxford and St Louis, Dr John Lennard has taught English, American, and Commonwealth Literature in Cambridge, London, and Jamaica over more than twenty years. He has written two widely used textbooks (on poetry and drama) and monographs on Shakespeare, Paul Scott, Nabokov, and Faulkner, as well as two collections of essays on contemporary genre writers in crime, science fiction and fantasy, and romance. Enthusiastic, discursive, widely knowledgeable, and a demon for punctuation (on which he has also published extensively), he has been a popular Summer School Course Leader and lecturer for the Institute of Continuing Education since 1992.
Cite this Lecture
Lennard, J. (2018, August 15). Shakespeare: Othello - Casting Iago [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/shakespeare-othello-john-lennard/casting-iago
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