Fury in the Words Love and Embarrassment in Shakespeare's Venice

ISBN-10: 0823241955

ISBN-13: 9780823241958

Edition: 2012

Authors: Harry Berger

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Shakespeare's two Venetian plays are dominated by the discourse of embarrassment.The Merchant of Veniceis a comedy of embarrassment, andOthellois a tragedy of embarrassment. This nomenclature is admittedly anachronistic, because the term "embarrassment" didn't enter the language until the late seventeenth century.To embarrass is to make someone feel awkward or uncomfortable, humiliated or ashamed. Such feelings may respond to specific acts of criticism, blame, or accusation. "To embarrass" is literally to "embar": to put up a barrier or deny access. The bar of embarrassment may be raised by unpleasant experiences. It may also be raised when people are denied access to things, persons, and states of being they desire or to which they feel entitled.The Venetian plays represent embarrassment not merely as a condition but as a weapon and as the wound the weapon inflicts. Characters inThe Merchant of VeniceandOthellodevote their energies to embarrassing one another. But even when the weapon is sheathed, it makes its presence felt, as when Desdemona means to praise Othello and express her love for him: "I saw Othello's visage in his mind" (1.3.253). This suggests, among other things, that she didn't see it in his face.
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Book details

List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 11/14/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 8.90" wide x 6.00" long x 0.80" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Prologue: Language as Gesture
Mercifixion in The Merchant of Venice: The Riches of Embarrassment
Introduction
Negotiating the Bond
Antonio's Blues
Curiositas: The Two Sallies
Negative Usury and the Arts of Embarrassment
Negative Usury: Portia's Ring Trick
Portia the Embarrasser
The Archery of Embarrassment
The First Jason
A Note on Verse and Prose in Act 1
Another Jason
Portia Cheating
Portia's Hair
The Siege of Belmont
Covinous Casketeers
Moonlit Maundering
Coigns of Vantage
Standing for Judgment
Standing for Sacrifice
"Here is the money": Bassanio in the Bond Market
Twilight in Belmont: Portia's Ring Cycle
Death in Venice
Three's Company: Contaminated Intimacy in Othello
Prehistory in Othello
Othello's Embarrassment in 1.2 and 1.3
Desdemona on Cyprus: Act 2 Scene 1
The Proclamation Scenes: Act 2 Scenes 2 and 3
Dark Triangles in 3.3
Desdemona's Greedy Ear
Impertinent Trifling: Desdemona's Handkerchief
On the Emilian Trail
Iago's Soliloquies
Othello's Infidelity
The Fury in Their Words
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