• Who Wooed Desdemona? The Crux at Othello III, iii, 94

    Author(s):
    Michael L. Hays (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Medieval English Literature, Renaissance / Early Modern Studies, Shakespeare, Textual Scholarship
    Subject(s):
    Shakespeare
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Othello, intermediary, Courtly love
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6416SZ40
    Abstract:
    This textual crux all modern editors unanimously and silently emend, from the Folio “he”, their copy text, to the Quarto “you.” Although they find F so nonsensical as to deserve no comment, Shakespeare, his company, and his audience found it not only sensible in a play involving jealousy, but also powerful. The difference between then and now is their, not our, cultural knowledge about the role of the intermediary in courtship according to the conventions of courtly love.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 years ago
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