Othello and the Tragedy of Mariam, A Longman Cultural Edition

William Shakespeare / Clare Carroll / David Damrosch  
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December 2002
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From Longman's new Cultural Editions Series, Othello, edited by prominent Shakespearean scholar Clare Carroll, includes Othello, Cary's The Tragedy of Mariam, Fair Queen of Jewry, and source materials on early modern ethnography and on women and gender.

Longman Cultural Editions are a new series of teaching texts edited by prominent scholars. In addition to Othello, the second volume offer Frankenstein, with selections from Mary Shelley's journals and contextual materials on Romantic images of Satan. Other titles offered in the series include Dickens' Hard Times, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Future titles will include Shakespeare's King Lear and Beowulf.


  • Available at no additional cost when packaged with The Longman Anthology of British Literature.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

About Longman Cultural Editions.

About this Edition.


Table of Dates.

Introduction to Shakespeare and Othello.

The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice.

Introduction to Elizabeth Cary and Mariam.

The Tragedy of Mariam, Fair Queen of Jewry.

Narrative Sources for Othello and Tragedy of Mariam.

Giambattista Giraldi Cinthio, from Gli Hecatommithi (1565).

Flavius Josephus, from The Antiquities of the Jews, trans. Thomas Lodge (1602).

Flavius Josephus, from The Wars of the Jews, trans. Thomas Lodge (1602).

Othello in Context: Ethnography in the Literature of Travel and Colonization.

Peter Martyr, from Decades of the New World, trans. Richard Eden (1555).

Pliny the Elder, from The History of the World, trans. Philemon Holland (1601).

Leo Africanus, from A Geographical History of Africa, trans. John Pory (1600).

Edmund Spenser, from A View of the Present State of Ireland (written 1596, first published 1633).

Sir John Smith, from The General History of Virginia, New England and the Summer Isles (1624).

The Tragedy of Mariam in Context: Tracts on Marriage.

From The Second Tome of Homilies (1563): “The Sermon of the State of Matrimony.”

Edmund Tilney, from A Brief and Pleasant Discourse of Duties in Marriage, Called the Flower of Friendship (1563).

From Robert Cleaver, from A Godly Form of Household Government (1598).

From William Perkins, Christian Economy, trans. Thomas Pickering (1609).

From William Whatley, A Bride-Bush, or A Wedding Sermon: compendiously describing the duties of married persons (1617).

An excerpt from the First Biography of Elizabeth Cary.

From The Life of the Lady Falkland, by one of her daughters (written 1643-49; manuscript copied 1655.)

For Further Reading.


Clare Carroll is Professor of Comparative Literature at Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY. In addition to the present volume, she is the editor of Elizabeth Cary's Tragedy of Mariam (2002).  She is also co-editor of the Early Modern volume in the Longman Anthology of British Literature. With Vincent Carey, she edited Richard Beacon's tract on the colonization of Ireland, Solon His Follie (Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1996).  Her critical works include: Orlando Furioso, A Stoic Comedy (Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1997), and Circe's Cup: Cultural Transformations in Early Modern Writing about Ireland (Cork Univeristy Press, 2001). She has also edited a volume of critical essays onIreland and Postcolonial Theory (Cork University Press, 2003).