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Othello the Victim of Racial Other

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DOI: 10.23977/langl.2022.050203 | Downloads: 8 | Views: 154


Ge Hu 1


1 School of Foreign Languages of Guangxi University, Nanning, 530001, China

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Ge Hu


In spite of his military exploits and the social standing he has achieved, the black moor Othello remains a racial Other in the predominantly white Venetian society. Iago plays on his racial insecurity and brings ruin to him. The paper explores the racist language and views as well as Othello's fragile self-making in the play to reveal the racial politics in this famous tragedy by Shakespeare.


Othello, Racial other, Miscegenation


Ge Hu, Othello the Victim of Racial Other. Lecture Notes on Language and Literature (2022) Vol. 5: 13-15. DOI:


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