Date of Award
University Scholars Director
Dr. Christine Chaney
First Advisor/Committee Member
Second Advisor/Committee Member
Morocco, Spain, Race, Santiago, Cyprus, Venice
Shakespeare’s Othello is often viewed as an example of seventeenth century Renaissance binaries. Critics make distinctions when reading the play between hero and villain, Moors and Europeans, and between civilization and barbarity. These definitions are all complicated by Iago’s presence in the play. Iago, whose name implies he is actually a Spaniard, frames the play in a geo-political context. Because of Iago’s presence, Othello provides a picture of England’s position in the seventeenth century geo-political climate. Shakespeare is giving his English audience a particular political message.
Hamlin, Elisha A., "Iago the Moor Killer: The Geo-Political Context Behind Shakespeare's Othello" (2018). Honors Projects. 70.