Othello: The Moor’s Story

with Stephen Greenblatt
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 •
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

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Othello raises issues at once current and immensely sensitive to address. Focusing on a formal address to the Venetian Senate in which Othello describes how he won Desdemona’s love, we will consider what it means to narrate your life and to perform your culture for others.

Stephen Greenblatt is Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. He is the author of fourteen books, including Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics; The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve; The Swerve: How the World Became Modern; Shakespeare’s Freedom; Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare; Hamlet in Purgatory; Marvelous Possessions; and Renaissance Self-Fashioning. He is general editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature and of The Norton Shakespeare, has edited seven collections of criticism, and is a founding editor of the journal Representations. His honors include the 2016 Holberg Prize from the Norwegian Parliament, the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, and the 2011 National Book Award for The Swerve.

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