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Harold Bloom on Othello
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1261  Monday, 23 June 2003

From:           Richard Gyde <
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Date:           Monday, 23 Jun 2003 19:50:52 +1200
Subject:        Harold Bloom on Othello

Dear SHAKSPERians

I have just finished reading Harold bloom's chapter on Othello in his
Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human. He presents a novel and (to me
at least) startling thesis that Othello and Desdemona had never
consummated their marriage at any stage throughout the play. Desdemona
died still a virgin, he claims. I would like to present this idea to my
high school class who are currently studying the play, but before I do
that I would be interested in hearing from any scholars who would care
to respond to Bloom's ideas.

Would anyone care to offer their opinions on this topic?

With thanks,
Richard Gyde

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