“It Is Not Words That Shakes Me Thus”: Burbage, as if Othello

Joel B. Altman

in The Improbability of Othello

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780226016108
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226016122 | DOI:
“It Is Not Words That Shakes Me Thus”: Burbage, as if Othello

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This chapter studies Richard Burbage, the first Othello, and what we know of his second calling as limner, to reconstruct the promptings of the text and his multivalent acting as the Moor of Venice. It approaches the issue of race in Shakespeare from a perspective that probably has never been attempted. There is evidence of Burbage's ability to assume different comportments as occasion demanded, and though it is less direct, its relation to the actoral experience of shaping a character from a dramatics persona and making love to one's employment is sufficiently striking as to warrant close examination.

Keywords: Richard Burbage; Othello; Moor of Venice; race; Shakespeare; actoral experience

Chapter.  9903 words. 

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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