"Othello" and Interpretive Traditions (Studies Theatre Hist & Culture) by Edward Pechter
English | September 1999 | ISBN: 0877456852 | 272 pages | PDF | 71 MB
Since the late 1970s, "Othello" has become the Shakespearean tragedy that speaks most powerfully to contemporary concerns. Focusing on race and gender (and on class, ethnicity, sexuality and nationality), the play talks about what audiences want to talk about. In this study, Edward Pechter describes the play's design and effects in a way that accounts for its power to engage the interests of audiences and readers throughout history. Going back to the play's original production, he argues "Othello" is unique in that it divides the central space of its action equally between protagonist and antagonist.