"Whereby Hangs a Tale" : Narrative and the Deconstruction of the Self in Othello

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"Whereby Hangs a Tale" : Narrative and the Deconstruction of the Self in Othello

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Title: "Whereby Hangs a Tale" : Narrative and the Deconstruction of the Self in Othello
Author: Tartanella, Emily
Advisor: Benston, Kimberly
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of English
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: My thesis examines Othello as a text fundamentally concerned with the nature of narrative and story-telling. I argue that while Othello initially sees narrative as a linear system, he is forced to see it as endlessly recursive, wherein brides re-transform to daughters, adults into children, Christians into barbarians. Through a series of techniques I term "anti-narrative," or which might as well as be termed "anti-linear," (such as gossip, repetition, silence, and generalities), Iago constructs a vision of narrative that has no room for Othello's desire for narrative stability. As such the final act represents not a conclusion or closure, but the acceptance that such closure is impossible.
Subject: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation
Subject: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Othello
Subject: Narration (Rhetoric)
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/5596

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Tartanella, Emily. ""Whereby Hangs a Tale" : Narrative and the Deconstruction of the Self in Othello". 2010. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/5596.

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