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The politics of interpretation: presentist and historicist perspectives of Othello and As You Like It
Master of Arts
This thesis explores what presentist and historicist scholarship on Othello, As You Like It, and Shakespeare more broadly reveals about not only the fundamentals of both presentism and historicism, but also the benefits and downfalls of each in analyses of Shakespeare’s works. This exploration is premised on two things. First, Othello and As You Like It provide uniquely appropriate jumping-off points for talking about race and gender through historicism and presentism. Second, there are political implications to employing these approaches that make them worth exploring in a thesis-length project.