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Re: Desdemona
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1736  Wednesday, 13 October 1999.

[1]     From:   Vince Locke <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 12 Oct 1999 14:45:27 PDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1727 Re: Desdemona

[2]     From:   Richard Regan <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 13 Oct 1999 01:32:51 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1727 Re: Desdemona

[3]     From:   Peter Holland <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 13 Oct 1999 09:42:53 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1727 Re: Desdemona

[4]     From:   Michele Marrapodi <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 13 Oct 1999 10:13:02 +0100 (GMT+0100)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1714 Re: Desdemona


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From:           Vince Locke <
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Date:           Tuesday, 12 Oct 1999 14:45:27 PDT
Subject: 10.1727 Re: Desdemona
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1727 Re: Desdemona

>I think one demon in the other's hell?

According to Norrie Epstein's book The Friendly Shakespeare, "hell" was
an Elizabethan slang term for female genitalia.  Could this be a way of
emasculating Othello and rendering him impotent?

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From:           Richard Regan <
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Date:           Wednesday, 13 Oct 1999 01:32:51 EDT
Subject: 10.1727 Re: Desdemona
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1727 Re: Desdemona

There is a "dia-" prefix in Greek, meaning "away," or "from." One could
argue that Shakespeare's less Greek or his small Latin allowed him to
make Desdemona a construction meaning "away from demons," i.e. Iago.
Although evidently not far enough away, despite her quite undemonic
nature. (I think I've borrowed this from J.A.S. McPeek.)

Richard Regan
Fairfield University

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From:           Peter Holland <
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Date:           Wednesday, 13 Oct 1999 09:42:53 +0100
Subject: 10.1727 Re: Desdemona
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1727 Re: Desdemona

Anyone interested in the names Shakespeare invented for Othello (and
remember that his source in Cinthio only names a single figure,
Desdemona) should look at the brilliant discussion in Anne Barton's The
Names of Comedy (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990).

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From:           Michele Marrapodi <
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Date:           Wednesday, 13 Oct 1999 10:13:02 +0100 (GMT+0100)
Subject: 10.1714 Re: Desdemona
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1714 Re: Desdemona

>>By the way, does anybody knows what "Desdemona" means? Gutierre Tibon's
>>"Diccionario etimol

 

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