Citations with the tag: DESDEMONA (Fictitious character)

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    Faber, M.D. // American Notes & Queries; Nov70, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p35 

    Discusses the similarity between the posture of Othello and Desdemona in V.ii and the posture of Death and his victims in the art and literature of the Later Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Standardized features of Death and his victim; Dramatic significance of the summoning of Desdemona;...

  • Birdlime: Sticky Entrapments in Renaissance Drama.
    McLeod, Julia P. // Renaissance Papers; 2011, p65 

    The article examines the history and methods of birdliming to demonstrate the cultural anxieties imbedded in the trope. It explores two "limed" characters, Cokes in Ben Jonson's "Barthalomew Fair" and Desdemona in William Shakespeare's "Othello." The ways in which the spectacle of a limed bird...

  • Unproper Beds: Race, Adultery, and the Hideous in Othello.
    Iyasere, Solomon; Iyasere, Marla; Neill, Michael // Understanding Racial Issues in Shakespeare's 'Othello': Selected; 2008, p15 

    An essay is presented on the horror experienced by readers as a result of reading the concluding scene of the play "Othello." The scene shows Desdemona, a character in the play, lying murdered in her own bed. The anxiety provoked by the scene has less relation with the horror of the murder than...

  • Tying the Knot in Othello.
    Baxter, John // Essays in Criticism; Jul2014, Vol. 64 Issue 3, p266 

    The article explores the depiction of marriage in the play "The Tragedy of Othello" written by William Shakespeare. It discusses how the tying of the knot in the play is constituted by the act of marriage and the intrigue against it, the elopement of the characters, Othello and Desdemona, and...

  • Othello: The Multi-Level Conflict of the Darwinian Psychomachia.
    Keener, Joe // Consciousness, Literature & the Arts; Dec2013, Vol. 14 Issue 3, p1 

    The author offers information on poet and playwriter William Shakespeare's writings including on human nature. He states that author Robert Headlam Wells answers his concern in his insightful Shakespeare's humanism that evokes biological determinism, sexism, racism and classism. The author...

  • The Nature of Gender: Are Juliet, Desdemona and Cordelia to their Fathers as Nature is to Culture?
    Kakkonen, Gordana Galić; Penjak, Ana // Critical Survey; Spring2015, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p18 

    This article brings ecofeminist critical thinking to William Shakespeare's female characters: Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Desdemona in Othello, and Cordelia in King Lear. Beginning with the principal that women and nature are similar in many ways (reproductive function, discrimination,...

  • Kannagi and Desdemona - A Comparative Study.
    Lakshmanan, Prof. L.; Nagarathinam, Dr. D. // Language in India; Nov2015, Vol. 15 Issue 11, p275 

    Kannagi, the epic heroine of Silappathikaram in Tamil Literature and Desdemona the heroine of Othello, one of the greatest tragedies of Shakespeare, are compared here with the internal evidences about their characterization.

  • Shakespeare's Plays: Men Celebrated, Women Despised?
    Singh, Rahul // Language in India; Feb2014, Vol. 14 Issue 2, p141 

    The article presents a literary criticism of the plays of William Shakespeare, focusing on the role of women characters as both source of and instrumental in averting tragedies. The negativity by which Shakespeare's depicted Gertrude in Hamlet, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Desdemona in Othello and...

  • Othello, or The Moor of Venice.
    RICE, JOHN A. // St. James Opera Encyclopedia; 2001, p588 

    An encyclopedia entry for "Othello, or The Moor of Venice" is presented. The opera was composed of Gioachino Rossini and was first performed at Teatro del Fondo in Naples, Italy on December 4, 1816. It plays down the love between Otello and Desdemona. Elmiro, Desdemona's father, despises Otello...

    Baker, Stewart A. // English Language Notes; Dec69, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p96 

    The article presents a discussion on the interpretation of the word "Cause" in the First Folio" in "Othello." The term was mentioned during a speech which focused on the alleged unchastity of Desdemona, the wife of Othello. It also refers to the legal cause of the lawsuit regarding a murder. It...

  • OTHELLO, IV.2.29-36: A NOTE.
    Sipihigil, T. // English Language Notes; Dec71, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p99 

    The article discusses a scene in the play "Othello," in which Othello reveals his spiritual indignation over adultery. When his wife, Desdemona enters, Othello first asks her to approach him and requests to see her eyes. Desdemona apparently does not recognize the implications of Othello's...

  • Othello's Unconsummated Marriage.
    Nelson, T. G. A.; Haines, Charles // Essays in Criticism; Jan1983, Vol. 33 Issue 1, p1 

    Criticizes the behavior of Othello, the lead character of the play "Othello", towards his wife Desdemona Failure of Othello to consumate his marriage; Result of the frustrated desire of Othello towards his wife; Reason of Othello for murdering his wife.

  • To Say and Not To Say.
    Tiffany, Grace // Shakespeare Newsletter; Fall2005, Vol. 55 Issue 3, p71 

    Articles from several periodicals are reviewed, including "Desdemona's Self-Presentation," in the periodical "English Literary Renaissance," "The Controversial Eloquence of Shakespeare's Coriolanus: An Anti-Ciceronian Orator?" in the periodical "Modern Philology," and "Henry Carey's Peculiar...

  • Shakespeare's Desademona.
    Garner, S.N. // Shakespeare Studies (0582-9399); 1976, Vol. 9, p233 

    Focuses on the character of Desdemona in English dramatist William Shakespeare's play 'Othello.' Examination of a conversation that occurs between Desdemona and Emilia in Act IV; Reasons for efforts of some critics to get rid of Desdemona's lines about Lodovico; Ways in which the views of other...

  • Unpinned or Undone?: Desdemona's Critics and the Problem of Sexual Innocence.
    Adamson, W.D. // Shakespeare Studies (0582-9399); 1980, Vol. 13, p169 

    Discusses difficulties in interpreting the true nature of Desdemona, a character in English dramatist William Shakespeare's play 'Othello.' Desdemona's moral significance; Shakespeare's portrayal of Desdemona as a mature, spirited and sensual and sexually playful woman; Views that critics...

  • The Design of Desdemona: Doubt Raised and Resolved.
    Cook, Ann Jennalie // Shakespeare Studies (0582-9399); 1980, Vol. 13, p187 

    Discusses the way in which English dramatist William Shakespeare shapes the character of Desdemona in the play 'Othello' and the audience's apprehension of it. Scandal inherent in Desdemona's elopement; Ways in which Shakespeare continues to pay out ambivalent evidence on Desdemona in the...

  • Shame in Othello.
    Fernie, Ewan // Cambridge Quarterly; 1999, Vol. XXVIII Issue 1, p19 

    A literary criticism of the play "Othello" is presented. It outlines the characters and their symbolic significance including Othello, Desdemona and Iago. It states that shame overtook the image of these characters rather than jealousy. It mentions that the story of shame within the play is a...

    Royster, Francesca T. // Upstart Crow: A Shakespeare Journal; 2012, Vol. 31, p5 

    The article examines the significance of author William Shakespeare's female icons for contemporary discussions of gender, power and race. It suggests that an analysis of the iconicity of Shakespearean characters can help in understanding their role as makers or unmakers of cultural and...

  • Conceiving Jealousy: Othello's Imitated Pregnancy.
    ROSS, MELANIE H. // Forum for Modern Language Studies; Jan2005, Vol. 41 Issue 1, p1 

    This article argues that Othello maps rhetorical imitation onto obstetrical conception which Iago and Othello enact together. Renaissance conflations of breath, spoken language, “spirit” and seed allow for this literalisation of linguistic fertility, or copia, where Othello will...

  • Love and Age in Othello.
    Stavropoulos, Janet C. // Shakespeare Studies (0582-9399); 1987, Vol. 19, p125 

    Discusses the natural process of aging shared by the lovers Othello and Desdemona in English dramatist William Shakespeare's play 'Othello.' Paradoxical affiliation that Shakespeare constructs between the play's two older men, Othello and Brabantio; Shakespeare's dramatic heritage concerning...

  • Part 2: Black British Literature: Section 2: Notion of 'otherness' in British literature on blacks: B. Shakespeare's Othello, the Moor of Venice (c. 1604).
    Stavropoulos, Janet C. // Reader's Guide to Westindian & Black British Literature; 1997, p90 

    A chapter from the book "A Reader's Guide to Westindian and Black British Literature" is presented. It explores the character of Othello from William Shakespeare's play "Othello" as self-assured and self-controlled black man, a symbol of light in darkness and order in confusion in contrast to...

  • "O blood, blood, blood": Violence and Identity in Shakespeare's Othello.
    Feather, Jennifer // Medieval & Renaissance Drama in England; 2013, Vol. 26, p240 

    A critique is presented of the play "Othello" by William Shakespeare, focusing on references to violence, 17th century philosophies of biological determinism, and identity when Othello repeats the word blood. Early modern philosophies of race, physiology, and barbarism are discussed, as well as...

  • The Art of Persuasion and Shakespeare's Two Iagos.
    Beier, Benjamin V. // Studies in Philology; Winter2014, Vol. 111 Issue 1, p34 

    Shakespeare's plays exhibit a sustained interest in rhetoric and in epistemology. Critics have been attracted to Othello in their attempts to understand Shakespeare's view both of the nature of rhetoric and of the ability of human agents to penetrate beneath false appearances so as to acquire...

  • Othello at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
    O'Connor, Kelly Newman // Shakespeare Newsletter; Fall2015, Vol. 65 Issue 1, p58 

    A literary criticism of the theatrical production "Othello," by William Shakespeare is presented. It outlines the characters including the warrior Othello, Iago and Desdemona, and their symbolic significance as characters of the play. It examines homosocial bonds, post-traumatic stress disorder...

  • Desdemona, Woman Warrior: "O, these men, these men!" (4.3.59).
    Holmer, Joan Ozark // Medieval & Renaissance Drama in England; 2005, Vol. 17, p132 

    The article discusses the role of Desdemona in William Shakespeare's "Othello." Desdemona is called a fair warrior by Othello, a theme that goes underdeveloped in the play but which is, the author argues, important to an understanding of Desdemona as a character. The article focuses on Desdemona...

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