Ballads and Performance: The Multimodal Stage in Early Modern England

"Introduction: Multimedia and Multimodal Theatricality"

Megan E. Palmer, “Desdemona’s Disordered Ballad” (Conference paper, Vancouver, British Columbia, April 4, 2015). Palmer argues that the willow song was in fact not conceived as part of Othello as Shakespeare wrote it c. 1602, nor as his company played it c. 1604, but was rather added for the play’s revival during the lavish 1612 festivities surrounding the marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Frederick V, Count Palatine, at which time broadside ballads featuring the song were also reproduced.

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