english language and literature resources othello

Bunten, P. (2032) ‘Landamrks in criticism: Marxist criticism’, English Review, 33(3), pp.11-13.
Pete Bunten applies a Marcxist critical reading to Othello. Look out for the practice exam question in this article.

Roberts, M. (2020) ‘Black and white: light and dark motifs in ‘Othello”, Emagazine, 87, pp.50-52.
English teacher, Mark Roberts, explores the ways in which black and white operate at every level, from the central idea of the noble white woman falling in love with a black man, to the language and imagery in which the play is steeped.

Price, E. (2019) ‘Seeing and knowing in ‘Othello”, English Review, 29 (4), pp.38-40.
Eoin Price investigates how Shakespeare’s tragedy tests out the reliability of signs, gestures and body language.

McEvoy, S. (2018) ‘The narratives by which we live: love in ‘Othello”, Emagazine, 82, pp.10-14.
Argues that conflicting codes of love in fictional narratives are at the heart of tragedy. The female characters are subject to male notions of courtly love, chivalry and heroism that are in conflict with the cruder, more destructive realities of their behaviour.

Wheale, N. (2017) ”O these men, these men!’ Masculine language in ‘Othello’, Emagazine, 76, pp.28-30.
Nigel Wheale explores the way men speak in the play, not only to each other but also to – and about – women. He suggests that the complexities of their utterances reflect the subtle patterns of male behaviour required to negotiate the complex social relationships of the time.

Bubb, S. (2016) ‘Iago’s control over the play: the horror of ‘Othello’ Emagazine’, 72, pp.60-64.
Actor Simon Bubb argues that Iago’s lack of humanity is what Shakespeare is most interested in sharing with the audience – we have far more access to his thoughts than those of Othello. And to what purpose? To horrify his audience, suggests Bubb, analysing closely the linguistic and dramatic qualities that cause us such revulsion.

Bunten, P. (2016) Study and Revise for AS/A-Level: Othello by William Shakespeare. London: Hodder Education.

Warren, R. (2015) York Notes for A Level: Study Guide: Othello: William Shakespeare. London: York Press.

Johnstone, C. (2013) ‘Women who refuse to be seen and not heard: Shakespeare’s tragic heroines’, English Review, 23 (3), pp.25-29.
Claire Johnstone takes a closer look at Shakespeare’s assertive women.

O’Keefe, B. (2011) ‘Devouring discourse: swallowing stories in ‘Othello’, English Review, 21 (3), pp.5-7.
Bernard O’Keefe considers the importance in ‘Othello‘ of the stories characters tell about themselves and others.

McCulloch, A. (2007) ”Men should be what they seem’: character and role in ‘Othello”, English Review, 18 (1), pp.2-5.
Andrew McCulloch explores the painful self-contradictions inherent in Shakespeare’s Venetian Moor.