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Merchant of Venice, Text and Contexts (02 Edition)

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This edition of Shakespeares The Merchant of Venice reprints the Bevington edition of the play along with documents and illustrations thematically arranged to offer a richly textured understanding of early modern culture and Shakespeares work within that culture. The texts include maps, woodcuts, sermons, statutes, early modern documents reflecting Christian attitudes toward Jews and Jewish reactions to these attitudes, excerpts from the Bible on moneylending as well as contemporary discourses on usury and commerce, anti-Catholic tracts, travel accounts, diplomatic reports, scenes from a morality play about the corrupting effects of treatment of aliens, conduct literature, and contemporary treatises on the role of women. The documents illuminate religious controversy at the time of Shakespeares play, some of his sources, the place of Venice in the early modern English imagination, merchant culture, and marriage, sexuality, and friendship in the period.
 
Editorial features designed to help readers relate the play to historical documents include an engaging general introduction, an introduction to each thematic group of documents, headnotes and glosses for the primary documents (presented in modern spelling), and an extensive bibliography.

Synopsis:

This edition of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice reprints the Bevington edition of the play accompanied by four sets of thematically arranged primary documents and illustrations designed to facilitate many different approaches to Shakespeare's play and the early modern culture out of which the play emerges. The texts include maps, woodcuts, sermons, statutes, early modern documents reflecting Christian attitudes toward Jews and Jewish reactions to these attitudes, excerpts from the Bible on money lending as well as contemporary discourses on usury and commerce, and excerpts from the first account of Jewish life written in the vernacular by a Jew for a Christian audience. The documents contextualize contemporary discourses on race, nationality, and religion; the place of Venice in the early modern English imagination; merchant culture; and marriage, sexuality, and friendship in the period.

Table of Contents

ABOUT THE SERIES
ABOUT THIS VOLUME
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

Introduction
 
PART ONE

William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

(Edited by David Bevington)

 
PART TWO

Cultural Contexts

 
1. Venice 
 
English Ideas of Venice and Italians

Nation, Race, and Religion

 
     William Thomas, From The History of Italy

     Thomas Coryate, From Coryates Crudities

     Dudley Carleton, The English Ambassadors Notes

     William Bedell, Letter to Adam Newton

     A Discovery of the Great Subtlety and Wonderful Wisdom of the Italians

     Robert Wilson, From The Three Ladies of London

     Queen Elizabeth I, Proclamation Ordering Peace Kept in London

     Sir Edward Coke, From The Reports

     Fynes Moryson, From An Itinerary

     John Leo, From A Geographical History of Africa

     George Best, From A True Discourse of the Late Voyages of Discovery, for the Finding

     of a Passage to Cathaya

     John Leo, From A Geographical History of Africa

     Sebastian Munster, From The Messiah of the Christians and the Jews

     Andrew Willet, From Concerning the Universal and Final Vocation of the Jews

 
2. Finance                                                                                                                                        
 
     Usury

     Jews

     Merchants

     Biblical Laws

     Thomas Wilson, From A Discourse upon Usury by Way of Dialogue and Orations

     Debate on the Usury Bill

     Usury Bill

     Francis Bacon, Of Usury

     Sir Edward Coke, From The Institutes of the Laws of England

     Yehiel Nissim da Pisa, From The Eternal Life

     David de Pomis, From De Medico Hebraeo

     Leon Modena, From The History of Rites, Customs, and Manners of Life, of the Present   

     Jews, throughout the World

     Sir Thomas Sherley, The Profit That May Be Raised to Your Majesty out of the Jews

     Nicolas de Nicolay, From The Navigations, Peregrinations, and Voyages made into    
     Turkey

     The Levant Companys Charter

     John Wheeler, From A Treatise of Commerce

     Daniel Price, The Merchant: A Sermon Preached at Pauls Cross

 
3. Religion                                                                                                                                          
     Catholics versus Protestants

     Jews as Other

     Conversion

     Jews in England

     John Foxe, From Acts and Monuments

     William Allen, From A True, Sincere, and Modest Defense of English Catholics

     Robert Parsons, From A Brief Discourse Containing Certain Reasons Why Catholics

     Refuse  to go to Church

     Queen Elizabeth I, Proclamations on Priests

     St. Paul, On Law and Grace

     Andrew Willet, From Tetrastylon Papisticum

     Richard Bristow, From Demands to be Proponed of Catholics to the Heretics

     William Perkins, From A Faithful and Plain Exposition upon the To First Verses of the    

     Second Chapter of Zephaniah

     Gregory Martin, From Roma Sancta

     Thomas Draxe, From The Worlds Resurrection

     Samuel Usque, From Consolation for the Tribulations of Israel

     John Foxe, From Acts and Monuments

     Raphael Holinshed, From Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland

     John Foxe, From Acts and Monuments

     From Fleta

     Examination of Roderigo Lopez

     William Camden, From The History of Elizabeth, Queen of England

 
4. Love and Gender                                                                                                                        
 
     Women and Marriage

     Friendship and Homosociality

     Juan Luis Vives, From The Instruction of a Christian Woman

     Thomas Becon, From The Catechism

     Cornelius Agrippa, From Of the Nobility and Excellency of Womankind

     Phillip Stubbes, From The Anatomy of Abuses

     Alexander Niccholes, From A Discourse of Marriage and Wiving

     Sir Thomas Smith, From De Republica Anglorum

     Sir Thomas Elyot, From The Book Named the Governor

     Philemon Holland, From Plutarchs Morals

 
BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312256241
Author:
Kaplan, M. Lindsay
Publisher:
Bedford Books
Editor:
Kaplan, M. Lindsay
Author:
Kaplan
Author:
Kaplan, M. Lindsay
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Shakespeare
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Venice
Subject:
Shylock
Subject:
Moneylenders
Subject:
History
Subject:
Jews -- History.
Subject:
Venice (Italy)
Subject:
Drama-Shakespeare Plays
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Bedford Shakespeare Series
Series Volume:
11751
Publication Date:
20020331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
377
Dimensions:
8.26 x 5.48 x 0.51 in

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"Synopsis" by , This edition of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice reprints the Bevington edition of the play accompanied by four sets of thematically arranged primary documents and illustrations designed to facilitate many different approaches to Shakespeare's play and the early modern culture out of which the play emerges. The texts include maps, woodcuts, sermons, statutes, early modern documents reflecting Christian attitudes toward Jews and Jewish reactions to these attitudes, excerpts from the Bible on money lending as well as contemporary discourses on usury and commerce, and excerpts from the first account of Jewish life written in the vernacular by a Jew for a Christian audience. The documents contextualize contemporary discourses on race, nationality, and religion; the place of Venice in the early modern English imagination; merchant culture; and marriage, sexuality, and friendship in the period.
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