Saturday, February 27, 2010

Wherefore art thou Othello?

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.

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