About this course
We'll look at the ways in which Shakespeare's characters tell stories within the play––about themselves, to themselves, and to each other. We'll consider, too, how actors, directors, composers, and other artists tell stories through Othello in performance. By focusing on storytelling, we can see how the play grapples with larger issues including power, identity, and the boundary between fact and fiction.
From lectures filmed on-location in Venice, London, and Stratford-upon Avon to conversations with artists, academics, and librarians at Harvard, students will have unprecedented access to a range of resources for "unlocking" Shakespeare's classic play.
What you'll learn
- Explore storytelling as a motif in Othello
- Immerse yourself in 400 years of theatrical history
- View rare books in Harvard's Houghton Library
- Engage with Shakespearean dramaturgy and language
- Discover new operas, plays, and other works inspired by Othello
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