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Unformatted text preview: 1690: English drama critic [Rhymer] says Othello can not be a tragedy b/c it is based upon a black man [general in army] marrying a white woman aristrocrat [unrealistic] • 1660’s: Englishman fined b/c his daughter was pregnant by African slave • Racist in the play is a white man, Iago • Iago is sneaky and so complex that scholars tend to do more analysis of Iago than Othello • Iago the racist does not believe anything he is telling other people to believe, using race to manipulate in order to try to get Othello back • Nation goes to war and wants the best general, who is Othello, awkward for duke b/c he is dating his daughter [black man white woman] Conflict invested in Othello • blackamoor: centuries old by the time Othello is written o involves a historical sensibility which the negro has o History which goes back to the 8-9 century up to 17 th century negro: black...
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2009 for the course BL ST 5 taught by Professor Robinsoncj during the Spring '08 term at UCSB.
- Spring '08
- Othello, Othello, Iago