By Mya Gosling
Today we take a look at the iconography of Othello, which, frankly, is kind of easy because, let’s face it, he is one of only two Shakespearean characters who are explicitly not white.
I think we can all agree that the time of Othellos depicted by white men in blackface has well and truly past.
What we can’t agree on, though, is the color of the handkerchief. It’s traditionally depicted as white (with all the symbolism that entails) but a relatively recent article argues that it should be black (with all the symbolism that entails), as it is mentioned in the text as being “dyed with mummy”.