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Flashcards in Women, race and reputation Deck (9)
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Cox on the necessity of female virginity

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‘Men wished to marry virgins…this made reputation an essential commodity for social life’

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Cox on male fear of female treachery

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The men in the play ‘reveal a deep-seated fear of women deceiving them’

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Ania Loomba on the women of ‘Othello’

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‘Bianca, who is treated like a whore, Desdemona, who is repeatedly accused of being one, and Emilia, who is dismissed as her “bawd”’

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Briggs on blackness

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‘Blackness was associated with the devil, evil-doing and death’

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Cowhig on Othello’s otherness

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‘black villain in a white society’

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Ania Loomba on women and blacks

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‘women and black exist as the other’

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Ania Loomba on Shakespeare’s creation of racial tensions

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Racial tensions during Shakespeare’s time would have been mostly driven by religious tensions, but Shakespeare takes pains to show Othello as a Christian convert who keeps referring to his soul, which places the emphasis on racial and cultural differences between Desdemona and Othello

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Karen Newman on miscegenation

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Argues that the marriage of a white woman to a black Moor is unthinkable to the other characters

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Cox

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‘Death was preferable to dishonour’