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  • Locations: Nicosia, Cyprus; Washington, D.C., United States;
  • Program Terms: Spring/Summer
  • Restrictions: Grinnell applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:

Spring 2020 - 1st Year Experience

Othello by Mulready
Shakespeare across the Mediterranean led by John Garrison, English Department, and Kelly Maynard, History Department

during this experience, students will engage in an in-depth examination of the figure of Othello – studying not only his appearance in drama and opera but also the cultural contexts that inform these depictions. The course will concentrate upon two central case studies: his appearance in Shakespeare’s play Othello (1604) and then his re-imagining as an operatic figure in Verdi’s Othello (1887).  Othello represents a profound "Other" for fellow characters and for audience members alike: he is a former Muslim converted to Christianity and a dark-skinned soldier navigating aristocratic white society. He thus offers an intriguing starting point for exploring how theater and opera function  – often problematically – to make sense of difference. To experience first-hand how these issues operated when the works first premiered and today, the group will explore locations replicating the environments where audiences would have encountered the works. First, a spring break visit to Washington D.C. Then May 18-31, the group will visit Venice, Italy and then the exploration will culminate in Cyprus, a key location of confluence for different racial and religious groups and an evocative closing site for the course.

Application opens September 16, 2019 and closes October 11, 2019. 


This program is currently not accepting applications.