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The Improbability of OthelloRhetorical Anthropology and Shakespearean Selfhood$
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Joel B. Altman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226016108

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226016122.001.0001

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The Improbability of Othello

Joel B. Altman

University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses specifically on the spatial implications of dialectical predicaments and rhetorical topics, showing how Shakespeare's deployment of these analytical tools, coordinated with an oscillation between conditional and indicative grammatical moods, effects a dramatization of acoustic effects that gradually erode distinctions between mental and exterior space and are responsible for the play's claustrophobic eeriness as it draws to a close. It addresses the “ingenious” and “apodeictic” aspects of rhetorical anthropology through contemporary understandings of the way language situates the self in the world.

Keywords:   dialects, rhetorics, acoustic effects, mental space, rhetorical anthropology, language

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