Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 204. Sunday, 1 Sep 1991.
Date: Thu, 29 Aug 1991 13:12:00 -0400
From: Kevin Berland <BCJ@PSUVM>
Subject: Joachim Machado de Assis and Shakespeare
A very long time ago, in a discussion of Shakespeare spin-offs,
I mentioned that _Dom Casmurro_ has been considered an _Othello_ spinoff.
Somebody (who shared my enthusiasm for the book) asked "In what way?"
Alas, I never answered; this morning I found the note in my
files, so if this isn't too much of a dead issue, I'll explain. Helen
Caldwell, who did the English translation, wrote a book on _Dom Casmurro_
in which she discusses the parallels between MdeA & S, parallels that
help the novelist work out the opposition between love incarnate (Capitu,
Desdemona) and deluded self-love (Santiago, Othello). Santiago himself
says he's just like Othello; he is *not at all* like Othello -- this is
all part of his delusion -- and his friend Escobar is certainly not
Iago... Anyway, if you're still interested, dig up the Caldwell book.
Yours on the hopeful principle that this is better late than never,