Shakespeare from a Minority Point of View: Ted Lange’s <i>Othello</i>

  • Seunghyun Hwang Kyonggi University, Suwon-Si, South Korea
Keywords: Ted Lange, Othello, African-American, minority, discrimination


Othello (1989) is a little-known independent film directed and produced by Ted Lange. Released at the end of the 1980s, a decade of mounting racial tension in the United States, the film offers an interpretation of Shakespeare from a minority point of view. This examination of the director’s motives and directorial choices reveals the strategies employed by Lange to make Shakespeare relevant and more available to a non-traditional audience, especially to African-Americans. In addition, delving into the acceptance and distribution difficulties that Ted Lange faced gives insight into the issue of discriminatory assumptions related to applying a minority point of view to a traditionally highbrow domain.

Author Biography

Seunghyun Hwang, Kyonggi University, Suwon-Si, South Korea
Seunghyun Hwang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Kyonggi University, Suwon-Si, South Korea. He earned a PhD in Theatre at Ohio State University. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Modern English Drama, The New Korean Journal of English Language and Literature, English 21, and Canadian Review of American Studies. He can be reached at: