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William Shakespeare, "Othello"

Professor Sanders provides a full analysis of the textual problem and theories of transmission of Othello, and offers possible solutions to the stylistic and racial problems which face modern readers and spectators. His edition includes contemporary maps of Venice and Cyprus, photographs of famous actors who have played the leading roles, and reconstructions of staging at the Globe and Blackfriars Theatres.

For this updated edition, Scott McMillin has added a new section on the key events in both scholarship and theatre since the 1980s, including political, feminist and postcolonial treatments in various parts of the world. The influence of new historicism and cultural materialism are also taken into account, and a description of performances of the play on stage, film and television tackles the issue of black/white casting of the main characters.

About The New Cambridge Shakespeare Series
The New Cambridge Shakespeare is an edition of Shakespeare's works, consisting of a separate volume for each play, and a volume each for the Sonnets and the narrative poems. The texts have been prepared by an international team of the very best scholars, who provide in each case a freshly-considered and modernised text, a substantial introduction and commentary at the foot of the page. The series pays particular attention to the play in performance, commenting on the stage action and offering a performance history with illustrations. It is aimed at students of Shakespeare from A level or its equivalent, and onwards, including undergraduates, graduates and teachers.

An international team of scholars offers:
  • modernized, easily accessible texts
  • ample commentary and introductions
  • attention to the theatrical qualities of each play and its stage history
  • informative illustrations

List of Illustrations
Abbreviations and Conventions

 Othello's race
 The plot and its inconsistencies
 The play and its critics
 The language of the play
 Stage history
 Criticism and productions of Othello since 1984 by Scott McMillin
  Political Othellos
  New Historicism, Feminism, Cultural Materialism
  Critical responses and the issue of casting
  Recent film and television
  Other persuasions
  Texts: the Quarto

Note on the text
List of characters


Supplementary notes
Textual analysis
 The 1622 quarto
 The 1623 Folio
 Substantive variants
 Editorial procedure
 Later seventeenth-century editions
Reading list

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