Body-Mind Aporia in the Seizure of Othello

  title={Body-Mind Aporia in the Seizure of Othello},
  author={T. Vozar},
  journal={Philosophy and Literature},
  pages={183 - 186}
  • T. Vozar
  • Published 2012
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Literature
One of the most curious events in Othello is the titular character’s epileptic fit, which does not appear in the story by Cinthio that is the accepted source of the play’s plot. Why does Shakespeare invent such an incident? The easiest direction to take is the equation of epilepsy with demonic possession, a common belief in the early modern period. In this essay, however, I argue from textual and critical evidence for a philosophical interpretation of Othello’s epilepsy: namely, that his… Expand
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