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The Jew of Malta (New Mermaids)

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Publisher Comments:

'Tell me worldlings, underneath the sun, If greater falsehood ever has been done'

The Jew of Malta, written around 1590, can present a

challenge for modern audiences. Hugely popular in its day, the play

swings wildly and rapidly in genre, from pointed satire, to bloody

revenge tragedy, to melodrmatic intrigue, to dark farce and grotesque

comedy. Although set in the Mediterranean island of Malta, the play

evokes contemporary Elizabethan social tensions, especially the highly

charged issue of London's much-resented community of resident merchant

foreigners. Barabas, the enormously wealthy Jew of the play's title,

appears initially victimized by Malta's Christian Governor, who quotes

scripture to support the demand that Jews cede their wealth to pay

Malta's tribute to the Turks. When he protests, Barabas is deprived of

his wealth, his means of livelihood, and his house, which is converted

to a nunnery. In response to this hypocritical extortion, Barabas

launches a horrific (and sometimes hilarious) course of violence that

goes well beyond revenge, using murderous tactics that include

everything from deadly soup to poisoned flowers. The play's sometimes

complex treatment of anti-Semitism and its relationship to

Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice remain matters of continuing scholarly reflection.

This student edition contains a lengthy Introduction with background

on the author, date and sources, theme, critical interpretation and

stage history, as well as a fully annotated version of the playtext in

modern spelling.

James R. Siemon is Professor of English at Boston University.

Synopsis:

The Jew of Malta was arguably the most popular play of the Elizabethan era.

Synopsis:

There is no known source for Christopher Marlowe's play The Jew of Malta, but it makes copious allusions to the famous Turkish seize of Christian Malta in 1565 that forms the international setting for the main character, Barabas. It greatly influenced William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice with its exploration of anti-Semitism and revenge.

About the Author

The editor, James R Siemon is Professor of English Literature at Boston University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780713677669
Author:
Marlowe, Christopher
Publisher:
Methuen Publishing
Editor:
Siemon, James R.
Author:
Siemon, James R.
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
General Drama
Subject:
Drama-Women and Ethnic
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
New Mermaids
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
n/a
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.9 x 5.07 x 0.465 in

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There is no known source for Christopher Marlowe's play The Jew of Malta, but it makes copious allusions to the famous Turkish seize of Christian Malta in 1565 that forms the international setting for the main character, Barabas. It greatly influenced William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice with its exploration of anti-Semitism and revenge.

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