“I wanted an edition of Othello
that had the necessary footnotes, background material, and a good selection of
recent critical articles that would be accessible to students and would spark
class discussions. This was it.”
—Deborah Montuori, Shippensburg University
This Norton Critical Edition includes:
• The First Folio text (1623).
• An introduction, explanatory footnotes, note on the text, and textual notes by Edward Pechter.
• Fifteen illustrations.
• Giraldi Cinthio’s sixteenth-century story in its entirety, which Shakespeare used for both the plot and many details of Othello.
• A generous selection of interpretive responses to Othello from its origins to the present day, including—new to the Second Edition—those by Stanley Cavell and Lois Potter. Edward Pechter’s popular theatrical and critical overview of Othello has been significantly expanded.
• An updated Selected Bibliography.
List of Illustrations
The Text of Othello
The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor
of Venice • A Note on the Text • The Text and
Editorial Procedures • Textual Notes
Textual Sources and Cultural
Othello in Its Own Time • Giraldi Cinthio • [The Moor of Venice]
Othello in Theatrical and Critical History • Thomas Rymer • [“A Bloody Farce”] • Charles Gildon • [Comments on Rymer’s Othello • Samuel Johnson • [Shakespeare, the Rules, and Othello]
• Charles Lamb • [Othello’s Color:
Theatrical versus Literary Representation] • William Hazlitt • [Iago, Heroic Tragedy, and Othello] •
Samuel Taylor Coleridge • [Comments on Othello]
• A. C. Bradley • [“The Most Painfully
Exciting and the Most Terrible” of Shakespeare’s Tragedies] • T. S. Eliot • [“The Last Great
Speech of Othello”] • Kenneth Burke • Othello: An Essay to
Illustrate a Method • G. K. Hunter • Othelloand Colour Prejudice • Stanley Cavell • Epistemology and Tragedy: A Reading of
Othello • James R. Siemon • “Nay, That’s Not Next”: Othello, V.ii in
Performance, 1760–1900 • Michael Neill •
Unproper Beds: Race, Adultery, and the Hideous in Othello • Michael D.
Bristol • Charivari and the Comedy of
Abjection in Othello • Lois Potter • [Five Modern Productions]
Students and academicians of English