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Othello : Texts and Contexts

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Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9780312398989

ISBN10:
0312398980
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
12/27/2006
Publisher(s):
Bedford/St. Martin's
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Summary

This edition ofOthelloreprints the Bevington edition of the play accompanied by six sets of thematically arranged primary documents and illustrations designed to facilitate many different approaches to Shakespeare. The text includes tracts on marriage, travel literature, military manuals, maps, ballads, royal proclamations, early modern descriptions of Africa and the Middle East, nineteenth-century scripts for performances of Othello, and scenes from contemporary re-envisionings of the play. The primary documents contextualize race and religion in the Renaissance, gender relations, military life, the passions, the notion of the "Other" in early modern England, and the afterlife ofOthelloon the stage.

Table of Contents

ABOUT THE SERIES V
ABOUT THIS VOLUME VII
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS XVII
Introduction 1
AN OTHELLO PRE-TEXT: CINTHIO, FROM GLI HECATOMMITHI
31
PART ONE William Shakespeare, Othello, the Moor of Venice 43
Edited by David Bevington
PART TWO Cultural Contexts 169
1. Race and Religion
171
Othello's Sword and English Sexuality
176
Blackness and Moors
177
Peter Martyr, From The Decades of the New World or West India
186
George Best, From A True Discourse of the Late Voyages of Discovery
190
Queen Elizabeth I, Licensing Casper van Senden to Deport Negroes
194
John Leo Africanus, From A Geographical History of4frica
195
The Lady and the Blackamoor
197
The Ottoman Empire and "Turning Turk"
203
Richard Knolles, From The General History of the Turks
209
Giles Fletcher the Elder, From Policy of the Turkish Empire
213
Church of England, Prayer for the Preservation of Those Christians and Their Countries That Are Now Invaded by the Turk
216
Christianity
219
Nicholas Udall, From Respublica
222
The White Devil
223
Geneva Bible, Verses on the White Devil
224
Martin Luther, From A Commentary upon the Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians
225
2. Cultural Geography
228
The Early Modern Mediterranean
232
The Myth of Venice
234
Dedicatory Poems, From The Commonwealth and Government of Venice
238
Fynes Moryson, From An Itinerary
240
Venice: The Virgin/Whore
242
Thomas Coryate, From Coryats Crudities
243
Cyprus: The Birthplace of Love
248
Richard Knolles, From. The General History of the Turks 250
James VI and I, From The Lepanto
251
Aleppo
256
Jan Huyghen van Linschoten, From His Discourse of Voyages into the East and West Indies
257
Africa and Barbary
258
John Leo Africanus, From A Geographical History of Africa
260
3. Marriage and the Household
262
Baldassare Castiglione, From The Book of the Courtier
268
Juan Luis Vives, From Instruction of a Christian Woman
271
William Whately, From A Bride-bush: Or, A Wedding Sermon
276
Ste. B, From Counsel to the Husband: To the Wife Instruction
278
Hannah Woolley, From The Gentlewoman's Companion; Or, A Guide to the Female Sex
281
Martin Parker, From The Married Man's Lesson: Or, A Dissuasion from Jealousy
283
From The Cuckhold's Haven
285
4. Masculinity and Military Life
291
Robert Barret, From The Theory and Practice of Modern Wars
299
Thomas Proctor, From Of the Knowledge and Conduct of Wars
305
Thomas and Leonard Digges, From An Arithmetical Military Treatise, Named Stratioticos
308
Thomas Styward, From The Pathway to Martial Discipline
310
John Taylor, From A Valorous and Perilous Sea-fight Fought with Three Turkish Ships
313
5. Passions
315
Thomas Wright, From The Passions of the Mind in General
320
Pierre de La Primaudaye, From The French Academy
324
Love and Jealousy
327
Thomas Buoni, From Problems of Beauty and All Human Affections
329
Benedetto Varchi, From The Blazon of Jealousy
330
Robert Burton, From Anatomy of Melancholy
335
Francis Bacon, From The Essays or Counsels, Civil and Moral
338
6. Encounters with Othello
341
Critical Encounters
345
Thomas Rymer, From A Short View of Tragedy
345
Charlotte Ramsey Lennox, From Shakespeare Illustrated
348
William Winter, From Othello: As Presented by Edwin Booth
349
Staging Women
351
Thomas Jordan, From The Nursery of Novelties in a Variety of Poetry
355
Paula Vogel, From Desdemona: A Play about a Handkerchief
353
Blackface Minstrelsy
354
Desdemonum: An Ethiopian Burlesque, in Three Scenes
358
Thomas Dartmouth Rice, From Otello: A Burlesque Opera
366
Postcolonial Encounters
372
Tayeb Salih, From Season of Migration to the North
375
Derek Walcott, Goats and Monkeys
380
BIBLIOGRAPHY 383
INDEX 403


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