CANCELED - L411 Summer 2020 Shakespeare’s Othello: Character and Language
Wednesdays, 9:40–11:05, July 8–July 22
Instructor: Richard Wilan
Class limit: 20
Othello focuses on two main characters—Iago and Othello, one a villain, the other a tragic hero. But what are the motives behind Iago’s villainy, and can we really see Othello as a hero? This is a meaningful play for the Shakespearean scholar since the plot is clear and compact, allowing us to focus on what Shakespeare does best: language and character. The course will be a lecture-discussion format.
Richard Wilan holds a PhD from the University of Maryland and is professor emeritus at Northern Virginia Community College, where he has taught English for many years. He is the co-author of Prentice-Hall’s Introduction to Literature.