9780393925296

Merchant of Venice Nce PA

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    9780393925296

  • ISBN10:

    0393925293

  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Textbook Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/17/2005
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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Summary

This Norton Critical Edition has been carefully edited to make The Merchant of Venice , 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 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.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
vii
Preface ix
The Text of The Merchant of Venice
1(339)
The Comical History of the Merchant of Venice
3(73)
A Note on the Text
76(7)
Sources and Contexts
[The Tale of the Three Caskets from the Gesta Romanorum]
83(1)
Richard Robinson
[The Merchant of Venice]
84(16)
Ser Giovanni Fiorentino
[Ballad of a Cruel Jew]
100(4)
Anonymous
[The True Meaning of Friendship]
104(4)
Sir Thomas Elyot
[Duties of Husband and Wife]
108(2)
Edwin Sandys
The Merchant: A Sermon Preached at Paul's Cross
110(4)
Daniel Price
[Description of Venice]
114(7)
Thomas Coryat
[The Case of Doctor Lopez]
121(2)
William Camden
[Causes of the Miseries of the Jews]
123(2)
Thomas Calvert
[Judaizing Christians in the 1590s]
125(2)
Peter Heylyn
[Parliamentary Debate on Usury, April 19, 1571]
127(2)
Sir Simonds D'Ewes
An Apology for the Honorable Nation of the Jews
129(6)
Edward Nicholas
Criticism
[Remarks on The Merchant of Venice]
135(1)
Nicholas Rowe
The Merchant of Venice
135(6)
William Hazlitt
Portia
141(4)
Mrs. Anna Jameson
[Jessica and Portia]
145(7)
Heinrich Heine
The Theme of the Three Caskets
152(9)
Sigmund Freud
[The Music of The Merchant of Venice]
161(8)
G. Wilson Knight
Biblical Allusion and Allegory in The Merchant of Venice
169(20)
Barbara K. Lewalski
[Platonic Doctrine and the Music of Act 5]
189(4)
Lawrence Danson
Shylock and the Idea of the Jew
193(13)
Derek Cohen
Wilhelm S and Shylock
206(13)
Laurence Lerner
[Edmund Kean as Shylock]
219(7)
Toby Lelyveld
[Circumcision and the ``Pound of Flesh'']
226(13)
James Shapiro
[Shylocks in Shakespeare's England]
239(4)
Stephen Orgel
[The Shakespeares as Money-lenders]
243(2)
Charles Edelman
[The Merchant of Venice and Proto-capitalism]
245(6)
Walter Cohen
Portia's Ring: Unruly Women and Structures of Exchange in The Merchant of Venice
251(19)
Karen Newman
How to Read The Merchant of Venice without Being Heterosexist
270(16)
Alan Sinfield
Racism and Homophobia in The Merchant of Venice
286(2)
James O'Rourke
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Colonization and Miscegenation in The Merchant of Venice
288(16)
Kim F. Hall
``Mislike Me Not for My Complexion'': Whose Mislike? Portia's? Shakespeare's Or That of His Age?
304(17)
R. W. Desai
The Merchant of Venice in Israel
321(14)
Avraham Oz
Rewritings and Appropriations
[Prologue for a Revival of The Merchant of Venice at the Time of the Parliamentary Bill for Naturalizing the Jews]
335(1)
John Cunningham
Shylock
336(1)
Iain Crichton Smith
Shylock the Writer
336(1)
Alan Sillitoe
Shylock
337(1)
Karl Shapiro
Shylock in New York
338(1)
Leonard Nathan
Shylock
339(1)
Fiona Pitt-Kethley
Other Rewritings and Appropriations 340(5)
Selected Bibliography 345

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