COD 2022 - D694

Webinar: IGCSE 2023-2024: Spaces, Places and Borders in Shakespeare's Othello

Secondary School teachers, Language and Literature teachers and IGCSE Literature teachers

1 sessions, start: 13-Jun

Course detail

Year: 2022
Level: Distance
Language: English
Status: Ended
Lugar: Distance
Facilitator/s: Ms. María Cecilia Pena Koessler MA
Print course
ESSARP Schools
Free of charge
Exams Schools
ARS 2200.00
Non affiliate
ARS 2200.00


Sessions Dates Start Finish
1 13 June 2022 05:30 pm 07:00 pm


María Cecilia Pena Koessler

Graduate Teacher of English at Primary level and at Secondary level from I.E.S en Lenguas Vivas "J. R. Fernández." Postgraduate course in Medieval and Renaissance Literature at I.E.S en Lenguas Vivas "J.R. Fernández." MA in Literary Linguistics (University of Nottingham) and Medieval Studies Master's degree student (UBA). She teaches English Literature I and Children and YA 's Literature at I.S.P. J.V.González and I.E.S. en Lenguas Vivas "J.R. Fernández" Teacher Training Colleges and IGCSE and IB literature at secondary schools. She has participated in research projects on Intercultural Awareness and Border Thery. She has co-authored "Little Stars" pre-primary series and "Our Stories" primary series for Pearson and designed creative writing and literature materials for other series (Pearson and Macmillan).
Secondary School teachers, Language and Literature teachers and IGCSE Literature teachers
- To differentiate places, spaces and borders in Othello and analyse their literary representations.
- To deconstruct the settings of Venice and Cyprus as a form of mapping of real and imaginary spaces.
- To explore, with a greater focus on Othello, how settings affect the characters that inhabit them and to evaluate these characters' degree of engagement towards their communities
- To provide an interdisciplinary approach combining the study of places and spaces with Spatial Theories that will allow teachers to meet IGCSE Literature objectives.
Othello can be analyzed from the perspective of Spatiality. We’ll resignify the Republic of Venice and the city of the same name as geographical spaces and places from a historical and cartographical perspective and study the polyphonic references towards them. We’ll analyze them as centers of European trade and borders between the West and East and Christianity and Islam in the XV and XVI centuries. We’ll explore the concepts of humanist geography of topophilia and topophobia (Tuan, 1974) that are represented in Othello. Finally, we’ll inquire about analogous and antagonistic settings to Venice like Cyprus and clarify their symbolism in connection to their protagonists.
The session will be organized in terms of a workshop for participants to enrich their understanding of the text with contributions from the group.
- Cresswell, Tim (2004). Place: A Short Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
- D’Amico, Jack (2001). Shakespeare and Italy: The City and Stage. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.
- Holderness, Graham (2010). Shakespeare and Venice. Farnham: Ashgate
- Johnson, David y Michaelsen, Scott (1997). Border Theory: Limits of Cultural Politics. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
- Pratt, M. L. (1992). ‘Arts of the Contact Zone’. En Bartholomae, D. & Petrosky, A. (2008): Ways of Reading: An Anthology for Writers. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin.
- Tosi, L. & Bassi, S. ed. (2011). Visions of Venice in Shakespeare. Surrey: Ashgate.
- Tuan, Yi Fu (1974). Topofilia. Flor Durán de Zapata (trad.) (2007). España: Editorial Melusina.
- Tuan, Yi Fu (1977). Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience. Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press.
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