Chapter 10. Iago's Elenchus: Shakespeare, Othello, and the Platonic Inheritance

  1. Garry L. Hagberg Chair2 and
  2. Walter Jost Professor of English3
  1. M. W. Rowe Senior Lecturer

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444315592.ch10

A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature

A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature

How to Cite

Rowe, M. W. (2010) Iago's Elenchus: Shakespeare, Othello, and the Platonic Inheritance, in A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature (eds G. L. Hagberg and W. Jost), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444315592.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of East Anglia, UK

  2. 3

    University of Virginia, USA

Author Information

  1. University of East Anglia, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405141703

Online ISBN: 9781444315592

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Keywords:

  • Iago's Elenchus, Shakespeare, Othello, and platonic inheritance;
  • platonic influences on Shakespeare's pre-1604 work;
  • Shakespeare, intendeding Troilus and Cressida - to be self-consciously philosophical play;
  • Othello's “Temptation Scene” as Parody of the Elenchus;
  • Socratic method, where a thought begun in one mind gets finished in another;
  • platonic inheritance, vital source of inspiration

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Platonic Influences on Shakespeare's Pre-1604 Work

  • Othello's “Temptation Scene” as a Parody of the Elenchus