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Shakespeare, ‘Othello’ and Domestic Tragedy

Literary essay


by
Sean Benson

Book Details

Format: EPUB

Page count: 192 pages

File size: 223 KB

Protection: DRM

Language: English

Often

set in domestic environments and built around protagonists of more modest

status than traditional tragic subjects, ‘domestic tragedy’ was a genre that

flourished on the Renaissance stage from 1580-1620. Shakespeare, Othello, and Domestic Tragedy

is the first book to examine Shakespeare’s relationship to the genre by way of

the King’s and Chamberlain’s Men’s ownership and production of many of the

domestic tragedies, and of the genre’s extensive influence on Shakespeare’s own

tragedy, Othello. Drawing in part upon recent scholarship that

identifies Shakespeare as a co-author of Arden

of Faversham, Sean Benson demonstrates the extensive-even uncanny-ties

between Othello and the domestic

tragedies. Benson argues that just as Hamlet employs and adapts the

conventions of revenge tragedy, so Othello can only be fully understood

in terms of its exploitation of the tropes and conventions of domestic tragedy.

This book explores not only the contexts and workings of this popular sub-genre

of Renaissance drama but also Othello’s secure place within it as the

quintessential example of the form.

Often

set in domestic environments and built around protagonists of more modest

status than traditional tragic subjects, ‘domestic tragedy’ was a genre that

flourished on the Renaissance stage from 1580-1620. Shakespeare, Othello, and Domestic Tragedy

is the first book to examine Shakespeare’s relationship to the genre by way of

the King’s and Chamberlain’s Men’s ownership and production of many of the

domestic tragedies, and of the genre’s extensive influence on Shakespeare’s… (more)

Often

set in domestic environments and built around protagonists of more modest

status than traditional tragic subjects, ‘domestic tragedy’ was a genre that

flourished on the Renaissance stage from 1580-1620. Shakespeare, Othello, and Domestic Tragedy

is the first book to examine Shakespeare’s relationship to the genre by way of

the King’s and Chamberlain’s Men’s ownership and production of many of the

domestic tragedies, and of the genre’s extensive influence on Shakespeare’s own

tragedy, Othello. Drawing in part upon recent scholarship that

identifies Shakespeare as a co-author of Arden

of Faversham, Sean Benson demonstrates the extensive-even uncanny-ties

between Othello and the domestic

tragedies. Benson argues that just as Hamlet employs and adapts the

conventions of revenge tragedy, so Othello can only be fully understood

in terms of its exploitation of the tropes and conventions of domestic tragedy.

This book explores not only the contexts and workings of this popular sub-genre

of Renaissance drama but also Othello’s secure place within it as the

quintessential example of the form.

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