Abstract

Abstract:

This essay argues for the inclusion of Othello within the set of revenge tragedies. Othello consistently deploys revenge tragedy tropes not by coincidence but as a result of the play’s often overlooked genre conventions. Literary criticism has undertaken continued redefinition of the genre of Othello over several generations. In following Douglas Bruster’s call for examination of the representation market in Elizabethan drama, I have highlighted several prominent, contemporary dramatic trends that are central to Othello. In writing Othello, Shakespeare draws upon the popularity of revenge tragedies and the figure of the Malcontent, thus creating in Iago a malcontented, revenging villain.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-0383
Print ISSN
0039-3738
Pages
pp. 73-100
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-11
Open Access
No
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