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Q: Othello and O.J.
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0953  Wednesday, 7 October 1998.

From:           Don Ulin <>
Date:           Tuesday, 06 Oct 1998 11:18:55 -0400
Subject:        Othello and O.J.

My apologies if this has been discussed into the ground, but I was just
told that Time Magazine did some kind of a comparison of O.J. Simpson
and Othello back when O.J. was the hot topic.  I had just been trying
with only limited success to get my students to understand the problems
of presenting Othello to a contemporary American audience steeped in the
myth of the black threat to white womanhood.  The American response to
O.J. was my example, but they said that wasn't about race.
(Courageously, if not surprisingly, my one black student differed.)

Anyway, I thought perhaps someone noticed and clipped that item when it
came out.  I'd love to get a citation to keep in the
pop-culture/Shakespeare file.

Don Ulin
Univ. of Pitt at Bradford

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