9780192834249

The Merchant of Venice

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  • ISBN13:

    9780192834249

  • ISBN10:

    019283424X

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1998-06-11
  • 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 at the University of Delaware.

Table of Contents

The Editor and Contributors
Editors' Preface
Preface
How to Use this Book
A Note on the Texts Used
Introductionp. 1
Historical Difference and Venetian Patriarchyp. 23
Shakespeare on Marxp. 57
Reprise: Gender, Sexuality and Theories of Exchange in The Merchant of Venicep. 102
Heterologyp. 124
Endpiecep. 164
Notesp. 169
Referencesp. 177
Further Readingp. 185
Indexp. 189
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