Synopses & Reviews
Along with Hamlet
, King Lear
, and Macbeth
is one of Shakespeare's four great tragedies. What distinguishes Othello
is its bold treatment of racial and gender themes. It is also the only tragedy to feature a main character, Iago, who truly seems evil, betraying and deceiving those that trust him purely for spite and with no political goal. This edition, the first to give full attention to these themes, includes an extensive introduction stresses the public dimensions of the tragedy, paying particular attention to its treatment of color and social relations. Designed to meet the needs of theatre professionals, the edition includes an extensive performance history, while on-page commentary and notes explain language, word play, and staging. Collated and edited from all existing printings, this entirely new edition uses modern day spelling to make readings smoother. Appendices are included which explain the dating problems many have found in the play, describe the music that has traditionally accompanied it, and provide a full translation of the Italian novella from which the story derives.
Like all editions of the Oxford Shakespeare in the Oxford World Classics series, Othello includes a full index to the introduction and commentary. It is illustrated with production photographs and related art, and features a durable sewn binding for lasting use. The Oxford Shakespeare offers authoritative texts from leading scholars in editions designed to interpret and illuminate the plays for all modern readers.
"Neill is excellent in bringing out the sexual innuendo never far below the linguistic surface, the emerging intimacy in the central scenes between Iago and Othello, and verbal echoes that create "a terrible irony" at key moments. The new Oxford Othello is quite simply a major achievement, a volume alive with exemplary editorial and critical thought. It sets a landmark in Shakespeare studies and fully serves to become the preferred edition for many years to come." -- Times Literary Supplement
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About the Author
is a Professor of English at the University of Auckland in Australia. He has also edited Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra
for the Oxford Shakespeare.