Shakespeare’s Othello: The Moor

MOOC
Shakespeare’s Othello: The Moor
Language
English
Duration
11 months
Certificate
Certification paid
Course by EdX
Shakespeare’s Othello: The Moor
What will you learn?
Develop a critical stance on Othello and its protagonist, the “Moor of Venice,” through the central motif of storytelling.
Use primary sources, including sixteenth-century accounts of Africa and nineteenth- and twentieth-century performance artifacts, to evaluate the play in multiple historical contexts.
Looking at adaptations of the play from the nineteenth century to the present, evaluate Othello as a platform for conversations about race, gender, class, and nationality.
About the course

In this course, we'll read William Shakespeare’s Othello and discuss the play from a variety of perspectives. The goal of the course is not to cover everything that has been written on Othello. Rather, it is to find a single point of entry to help us think about the play as a whole. Our entry point is storytelling.

We'll look at the ways in which Shakespeare's characters tell stories within the play––about themselves, to themselves, and to each other. We'll consider, too, how actors, directors, composers, and other artists tell stories through Othello in performance. By focusing on storytelling, we can see how the play grapples with larger issues including power, identity, and the boundary between fact and fiction.

From lectures filmed on-location in Venice and conversations with artists, academics, and librarians at Harvard, students will have unprecedented access to a range of resources for "unlocking" Shakespeare's classic play.

Program
Shakespeare’s Othello: The Moor
Explore acts of storytelling in Shakespeare’s Othello alongside world-class artists who interpret Othello’s story in new forms and contexts today.
Lecturers
Stephen Greenblatt
Stephen Greenblatt
Cogan University Professor of the Humanities Harvard University
Bailey Sincox
Bailey Sincox
Teaching Assistant Harvard University
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