9781903436806

The Merchant of Venice Third Series

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  • ISBN13:

    9781903436806

  • ISBN10:

    190343680X

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 4/15/2011
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare
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Summary

The Merchant of Venice is perhaps most associated not with its titular hero, Antonio, but with the complex figure of the money lender, Shylock. The play was described as a comedy in the First Folio but its modern audiences find it more problematic to categorize. The vilification of Shylock "the Jew" can be very uncomfortable for a modern, post-holocaust audience and debates continue as to whether Shakespeare's portrayal of this complex man is sympathetic or anti-Semitic. John Drakakis' comprehensive introduction traces the stage history of the figure of the Jew and looks boldly at twenty-first century issues surrounding it. He also explores other themes of the play such as father/daughter relations, the power of money and the forceful character of Portia, to offer readers an energetic, original and revelatory reading of this challenging play.

Author Biography

John Drakakis is a professor at the University of Stirling, Scotland.

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