It Ends Wretchedly. Othello and Nonlinear Female Tragedy

Rocco Coronato


The articles focuses first on the Elizabethan theory of tragedy, being based on the Medieval traditioon of the Fall of Princes and then implemented with the discovery of Artistole’s Poetics. Then it shows how Othello, and more generally Shakespearian tragedy, veers away from this canonical format and instead pursues a model of plotmaking based on the imagery of weaving, as is made clear by the numerous references in the play to knitting and weaving and to women’s domestic work, resulting in a purposedly indistinct, complex result if compared to the canonical fall of the tragical hero.


Tragedy; Weaving; Textuality; Women

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