Shakespeare's Othello: Race, Sex and Tragedy

What's your favorite Shakespeare play? Hamlet and King Lear are traditional choices, but of late Othello seems to be taking the honors. Why and how this shift has occurred are just two of the questions we'll be discussing in this seminar. After a thorough reading of the text we'll study key contexts, from the play's source(s); through interpretations by Coleridge, T. S. Eliot and other major critics; to performance, with YouTube viewings.

Tony Merzlak will be using the outstanding Norton Critical Edition – 2017, paper or Kindle – and strongly urges seminar participants to do the same.

Note: This course will not meet on Patriot's Day, Monday April 17th, and will resume the following the Monday.

Group Leader: TONY MERZLAK
Venue: King's Chapel Parish House
Meets on: Mondays 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Starting: 4/3/2023
Sessions: 6
Class Size: 15
Teaching Style: Seminar
Weekly Preparation: 3 hours
Group Leader Biography:

Tony Merzlak is Emeritus Professor of English at Suffolk University, where he taught courses in Shakespeare, Dante, and the Romantic poets. A Cambridge resident from grad school days, Tony recently moved to a lovely home in Franklin, with his partner, attorney Patricia Geran.