english 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.

Bunten, P. (2020) ‘Love and death in Othello and The Loved One’, English Review, 31 (1), pp.16-19.
Pete Buten compares the ways in which Shakespeare and Waugh present the interconnectedness of love and death.

Dunford, D. (2020) ‘Shakespeare’s flexible time schemes’, English Review, 31 (2), pp.2-5.
Many of Shakespeare’s plays appear to follow complex, even self-contradictory, time schemes. Exploring examples in Macbeth and Othello, David Dunford argues that this is effective dramatic construction rather than a sign of carelessness.

McEvoy, S. (2019) ‘Tragedy: then and now’, Emagazine, 85, pp.26-29.
Dr Sean McEvoy examines what the term tragedy meant to Shakespeare and his contemporaries – an important context for thinking about the plays both within their genre(s) and as they would have been viewed at the time of their production.

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.

Palser Havely, C. (2016) ‘Did Shakespeare know Aristotle?’, English Review, 27 (1), pp.32-34.
What did Shakespeare know about Aristotle on tragedy? Cicely Palser Havely asks how far we can apply classical measures to the work of later dramatists.

Wardle, S. (2015) ‘Justice and revenge in Othello’, Emagazine, 70, pp.12-15.
Domestic or political tragedy? Simon Wardle argues that the political dimensions of Shakespeare‘s play have been underestimated. He contrasts Othello‘s approach to justice in Cyprus with that of the Venetian State, showing how the distinction between punishment and revenge becomes blurred.

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, including Desdemona.

Jackson, S. (2011) ‘Jealousy and romance in tragedy: comparing critical debates on The Winter’s Tale and Othello’, Emagazine, 52, pp.15-19.
Steph Jackson explores the way in which Shakespeare used two different genres to present Leontes and Othello, both protagonists consumed by jealousy.