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This Norton Critical Edition has been carefully edited to make , its surrounding history, and the history of its critical reception and rewritings accessible to readers. The text of this edition is based on the 1600 First Quarto, with light editing and substantial explanatory annotations by Leah S. Marcus. "Sources and Contexts" largely focuses on the character of Shylock and the issue of anti-Semitism in the play. Materials included are diverse, and at times contradictory, allowing readers to draw their own conclusions. Examples include seventeenth-century anti-Semitic literature, an essay from the same period defending Jews and arguing for their repatriation in England, an examination of the Christian theology of the play, and readings of as exclusionary for Jews, women, and people of color. "Criticism" collects twenty-one diverse interpretations. In addition to Shylock and the question of anti-Semitism, these essays address The Merchant of Venice in the context of postcolonial, feminist, and queer theory and explore relevant issues of economic status and organization. "Rewritings and Appropriations" includes excerpts from dramatic, musical, and other literary adaptations of , as well as a selection of poems, most of them from the twentieth century, on the character of Shylock. A Selected Bibliography is also included.

Synopsis:

is one of Shakespeare's most beautiful plays and, conversely, his ugliest. Juxtaposed within the same conceptual frame are heavenly and musical harmonies, romantic love, materialism, and racism.

Synopsis:

Sources and Contexts largely focuses on the character of Shylock and the issue of anti-Semitism in the play. Materials included are diverse, and at times contradictory, allowing readers to draw their own conclusions. Examples include seventeenth-century anti-Semitic literature, an essay from the same period defending Jews and arguing for their repatriation in England, an examination of the Christian theology of the play, and readings of The Merchant of Venice as exclusionary for Jews, women, and people of color. Criticism collects twenty-one diverse interpretations. In addition to Shylock and the question of anti-Semitism, these essays address The Merchant of Venice in the context of postcolonial, feminist, and queer theory and explore relevant issues of economic status and organization. Rewritings and Appropriations includes excerpts from dramatic, musical, and other literary adaptations of The Merchant of Venice, as well as a selection of poems, most of them from the twentieth century, on the character of Shylock. A Selected Bibliography is also included.

About the Author

Leah S. Marcus is Edwin Mims Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Unediting the Renaissance: Shakespeare, Marlowe, Milton, Puzzling Shakespeare: Local Reading and Its Discontents, The Politics of Mirth: Jonson, Herrick, Milton, Marvell, and the Defense of Old Holiday Pastimes, and Childhood and Cultural Despair: A Theme and Variations in Seventeenth-Century Literature. She is co-editor of Elizabeth I: Autograph Compositions and Foreign Language Originals and Elizabeth I: Collected Works.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393925296
Editor:
Marcus, Leah S.
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Editor:
Marcus, Leah S.
Author:
Shakespeare, William
Author:
Marcus, Leah S.
Subject:
Shakespeare
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Shylock (Fictitious character)
Subject:
Shakespeare, William
Subject:
Venice (Italy)
Subject:
Drama-Shakespeare Plays
Series:
Norton Critical Editions
Publication Date:
20051231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 5 in

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"Synopsis" by , is one of Shakespeare's most beautiful plays and, conversely, his ugliest. Juxtaposed within the same conceptual frame are heavenly and musical harmonies, romantic love, materialism, and racism.
"Synopsis" by , Sources and Contexts largely focuses on the character of Shylock and the issue of anti-Semitism in the play. Materials included are diverse, and at times contradictory, allowing readers to draw their own conclusions. Examples include seventeenth-century anti-Semitic literature, an essay from the same period defending Jews and arguing for their repatriation in England, an examination of the Christian theology of the play, and readings of The Merchant of Venice as exclusionary for Jews, women, and people of color. Criticism collects twenty-one diverse interpretations. In addition to Shylock and the question of anti-Semitism, these essays address The Merchant of Venice in the context of postcolonial, feminist, and queer theory and explore relevant issues of economic status and organization. Rewritings and Appropriations includes excerpts from dramatic, musical, and other literary adaptations of The Merchant of Venice, as well as a selection of poems, most of them from the twentieth century, on the character of Shylock. A Selected Bibliography is also included.
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