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Shakespeare: 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.


In this module, we think about one of the most controversial aspects of the play – and that is its engagement with issues of race: Othello is a Moor and it seems that at least part of the reason that Iago is intent on his destruction is because he is ethnically different. There are, however, several difficulties when it comes to thinking about issues of race in the play – and four of them are discussed here.

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Prof. John Lennard

Prof. John Lennard

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