The guides are designed to support students in their autonomous learning and secondary research in preparation for their exams
English lecturers at WIT have published a book of essays on Shakespeare’s Othello to support fifth year students in their English studies this academic year. The prescribed Shakespearean texts for the Leaving Certificate 2022 are Othello and Macbeth, and this guide is published in addition to the Shakespeare guides available on the WIT website.
Expertise in English
Drawing on the expertise of the English lecturers at WIT, the essays explore a range of themes and techniques in Othello from characterization and imagery to questions of race and gender in the text. The guides are designed to support students in their autonomous learning and secondary research in preparation for their exams.
“Students need support and encouragement more than ever this year and we hope that these study guides will supplement their day-to-day learning and help them engage with the text from a range of perspectives,” says Dr Christa de Brún, Lecturer in English Literature, WIT.
“Waterford Institute of Technology is delighted to share these study guides,”’ adds Dr Suzanne Denieffe, Head of the School of Humanities. It is hoped that the guides will serve as a platform for further study for students and a useful resource for secondary education teachers.
Four essays on Othello
Essays included in the booklet on Othello:
‘Desdemona- White Ewe Moth of peace or 17th Century Symbol of Girl Power?’ by Dr Úna Kealy, Lecturer in Theatre Studies, WIT.
‘Inescapable Blackness: Race in Shakespeare’s Othello’ by Dr Jenny O’Connor, Lecturer in English Literature, WIT.
‘Pause for Thought: Iago Speaks’ by Dr Kate McCarthy, Lecturer in Theatre Studies, WIT.
‘Othello and War’ by Dr Richard Hayes, Vice President of Strategy, WIT.