Contrary to popular belief, the term 'wherefore' in early Elizabethan English did not mean 'where' but 'why'? Why are you Romeo, not where. Why, Othello, why??
I have spent the past few days digging (in the dark, no less. Power's still not on and I'm at a friends using electricity at the moment. Lord, I attract high winds wherever I go, it seems) through archives of research on Othello and I am not done yet. 'Race' and 'Othello' is far too broad a topic, and yet here I am, reading essay after essay about the rhetorical usage of Moor versus Black in early modern English.
I am elbow deep in critical response, and I am nowhere near the end. Good lord I need spring break like a fat kid needs cake.