Gholamhoseyn Sa'edi: Othello in Wonderland (1226 words)


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Othello in Wonderland is one of the last plays written by the Iranian playwright, novelist and screenwriter Gholamhoseyn Sa’edi before his death in 1985. Written in Farsi during Sa’edi’s exile in France and first staged in Paris in 1985, the play presents the story of an amateur theatre troupe as they attempt to stage Shakespeare’s Othello in Iran of the early 1980s under the scrutiny of the state censor.

The troupe’s endeavour to produce Othello acts as a case study that illustrates and interrogates the methods of theatrical censorship in post-revolutionary Iran. Sa’edi uses Shakespeare’s status as a figure of “enlightened humanism” to counterpoint the conservative ideology of the state …

Citation: O'Brien, Shauna. "Othello in Wonderland". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 November 2014 [, accessed 18 June 2021.]

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