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Class in OTHELLO
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0837  Sunday, 16 December 2007

From:		David Evett <
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Date:		Thursday, 13 Dec 2007 18:06:21 -0500
Subject: 18.0830 Class in OTHELLO
Comment:	Re: SHK 18.0830 Class in OTHELLO

Tom Bishop rightly notes that Michael Neill has written brilliantly 
about *Othello*, first, in some early pages of a book that readers 
wanting to understand our playwright ought to read all the way through, 
*Putting History to the Question: Power, Politics, and Society in 
English Renaissance Drama* (New York: Columbia U. P., 2000), later, in a 
pamphlet that's not easy to find but worth finding if you can, *'Servile 
ministers': Othello, King Lear, and the Sacralization of Service* (The 
2003 Garnett Sedgwick Memorial Lecture,  Vancouver: Ronsdale Press, 
2003). I might note that I treat the play very extensively in my own 
study of service as a theme in Shakespeare, in ways that sometimes 
challenge the materialist limitations of Neill's approach.

David Evett

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