• 6. Othello: Courtly Love and Chivalric Justice, in Shakespearean Tragedy as Chivalric Romance, 2nd ed

    Author(s):
    Michael L. Hays (see profile)
    Date:
    2014
    Group(s):
    Renaissance / Early Modern Studies, Shakespeare, Shakespearean Dramatic Genres
    Subject(s):
    Chivalry, Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    Courtly love, intermediary, picaro, Shakespeare
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M63B5W73R
    Abstract:
    Chapter 6: Othello: Courtly Love and Chivalric Justice explains the sudden onset of Othello’s jealousy in terms of the known propensities of intermediaries in courtly love to betray their function and thereby alter perceptions of relationships among lady, lover, and their go-between. It interprets the dichotomies between Venice and the Levant on the contested ground of Cyprus as contrasting worldviews represented by Othello as a chivalric knight and Iago as a picaresque adventurer, or picaro, with associated dichotomies of the idealistic and the materialistic, the Christian and the Turkish or Jewish.
    Notes:
    This chapter is part of a revised and enlarged second edition of “Shakespearean Tragedy as Chivalric Romance: Rethinking Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear,” (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2003). After two printings, the first edition soon went out of print. The publisher had excluded the appendix to reduce costs and declined a second edition to include it. I have published this edition elsewhere since 2014 and here in 2018 to make the book with the appendix available for free.
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