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Unhoused in Othello:Roots, Routes and the Edge of Darkness

In “Traveling Cultures,” James Clifford proposes a view of culture based on opposing yet interconnected concepts of dwelling and traveling, “roots” and “routes”; he argues for “a comparative cultural studies approach to specific histories, tactics, everyday practices of dwelling, and traveling: traveling-in-dwelling, dwellingin-traveling.”2 This chapter explores these interconnected concepts of roots and routes in Othello’s tragic journey. The experience of dwelling in Othello hinges on a contrast between European and non-European housing conditions and on the recovery of racially and culturally-charged attitudes associated with darkness, blackness, and shadows.