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Altman, Joel B
The improbability of Othello : rhetorical anthropology and Shakespearean selfhood / Joel B. Altman
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2010
book jacket
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 4th Floor  PR2829 .A845 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Othello
Subject(s) Probability in literature
Self in literature
Rhetoric, Renaissance
Physical Description 450 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [429]-442) and index
Contents Prologue. 'As if for surety': the problematics of Shakespearean probability -- Toward a rhetorical genealogy of Othello -- 'My parts, my title, and my perfect soul': ingenuity, apodeixis, and the origins of rhetorical anthropology -- 'Against my estimation': Ciceronian decorum, stoic constancy, and the production of ethos -- The logic of Renaissance rhetoric -- 'Apt and true': speech, world, and thought in Shakespeare's humanist dialectic -- 'Yonder's foul murders done': place, predicament, and grammatical space on Cyprus -- Willful words, Christian anxieties, and Shakespearean dramaturgy -- 'Tis in ourselves that we are thus, or thus': will, habit, and the discourse of res -- 'Preposterous conclusions': eros, enargeia, and composition in Othello -- 'Prophetic fury': the language of theatrical potentiality and the economy of Shakespearean reception -- Tropings of the self in Shakespeare's scripts -- 'I am not what I am': Shakespeare's scripted subject -- 'Nobody. I myself': discovering what passes show -- Performing the improbable other on Shakespeare's stage -- 'Were I the Moor, I would not be Iago': ligatures of self and stranger -- 'It is not words that shakes me thus': Burbage, as if Othello -- Epilogue. 'Make not impossible/that which but seems unlike': the twilight of probability and the dawn of Shakespearean romance

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