9780199535859

The Merchant of Venice The Oxford Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice

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  • ISBN13:

    9780199535859

  • ISBN10:

    019953585X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 5/15/2008
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

What was Shakespeare's attitude to Semitism? The Introduction to this edition of The Merchant of Venice opens by addressing this vital issue raised by the play, and goes on to study the sources, background, and date, includuing a discussion of Sigmund Freud's essay on 'The Three Caskets'. Professor Halio interprets the play's contradictions, inconsistencies, and complementarities, especially as these relate to the overarching theme of bonds and bondage. A survey of the play's stage history ranges from discussions of its early staging to important twentieth-century productions andperformances outside England, particularly in Israel.The text, based on a fresh examination of the early editions, is presented in modernized spelling and punctuation. Unfailingly lucid and helpful, this is an ideal edition for students, actors, and the general reader.

Author Biography


Jay L. Halio is Professor of English, University of Delaware

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. xi
General Introductionp. 1
Shakespeare and Semitismp. 1
Sources, Analogues, and Datep. 13
The Playp. 29
The Merchant of Venice in Performancep. 58
Textual Introductionp. 85
Editorial Proceduresp. 94
Abbreviations and Referencesp. 95
The Merchant of Venicep. 99
Speech prefixes for Shylock in Q1, Q2, and Fp. 229
Indexp. 231
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