About the Book :
William Shakespeare is considered the best poet and dramatist of all ages. His tragic drama Othello has been popular since its first performance at the beginning of the seventeenth century, with both the audience and the readers. The play is still performed and several film versions have also appeared. The play generated much controversy and at the same time created some genuine interest in it. It is, however, in the theatre that we can fully appreciate the genius of Shakespeare as a dramatist. But in order to have a proper assessment of a play by Shakespeare, we must also be ready to study it as literature, welcoming the observations of the critics and scholars, as they help us come closer to the proper meaning of the play.An attempt has been made in this critical study to provide the readers of Othello with that clear insight which may help them comprehend the play properly, enhancing their enjoyment of the play. Besides discussing the various problems connected with the play, this study provides a detailed critical analysis of the play, scene by scene, and various critical approaches to the play from the seventeenth century upto the modern times. The debates about the real identity of the dramatist, continuing from the beginning right up to the present time, have been discussed and the curious may find in them enough food for thought. A select bibliography has also been provided for the discerning readers who want to know more about the play. A number of questions have been given at the end to stimulate the readers interest in the drama. As an aid to the smooth reading of the play, a glossary of difficult and obscure words and terms has been appended to the book.It is hoped that the present book will prove highly useful to both students and researchers of English literature. Even those engaged in teaching Shakespearian plays will find it informative and valuable.
1. Introduction 2. Life and Works of William Shakespeare 3. Characters and Places 4. A Brief Synopsis of the Play 5. A Critical Analysis of the Play 6. Date of Composition 7. Sources of Othello 8. Othello: A Distinctive Shakespearian Tragedy 9. Othello: A Tragedy of Intrigue 10. Othello: A Domestic Tragedy 11. The Plot-Structure 12. Art of Characterization 13. Character-Sketches Major Characters: Othello Iago Cassio Desdemona Emilia Minor Characters: Brabantio Roderigo Lodovico Gratiano Mortano Duke of Venice Bianca 14. Role of Chance and Accident 15. Double-Time in Othello 16. Images and Symbols in Othello 17. Shakespeares Use of Prose and Verse 18. Othello: A Work of Art 19. Universal Appeal of Othello 20. A Summing-Up 21. Critical Reception of the Play Some Important Questions A Select Bibliography A Brief Glossary Index
About the Author :
Jibesh Bhattacharyya, a double M.A. (Modern and Old English) of Calcutta University, was conferred the degree of Master of Literature by Jadavpur University, Calcutta in 1975 for his thesis on John Ford. He carried on further research on John Ford and received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the same university in 1978. He was the Reader and Head, Department of English, Anandamohan College, Calcutta University, and served this institution for four decades. He was also a guest lecturer, Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta, for about two decades. He has participated in several conferences and seminars on English literature all over India during the last three decades. His Papers have been published in many journals of repute like Indian Journal of English Studies, The Calcutta Review, Criticism and Research (B.H.U.), Punjab University Research Bulletin, Journals of the Department of English of Calcutta, Burdwan and Rabindra Bharati Universities, The Literary Half-Yearly (Mysore) and many others. His books The Dramatic Art of John Ford (1984), Select Studies in Literature (1994) - a collection of essays from Shakespeare to T.S. Eliot, and Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice (2005) received public acclamation. His book on John Ford was favourably noticed in Notes and Queries (Oxford) in March 1987.