The Merchant of Venice Texts and Contexts

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-03-04
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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This edition of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice reprints the Bevington edition of the play along with documents and illustrations thematically arranged to offer a richly textured understanding of early modern culture and Shakespeare's work within that culture. The texts include maps, woodcuts, sermons, statutes, early modern documents reflecting Christian attitudes toward Jews and Jewish reactions to these attitudes, excerpts from the Bible on moneylending as well as contemporary discourses on usury and commerce, anti-Catholic tracts, travel accounts, diplomatic reports, scenes from a morality play about the corrupting effects of treatment of aliens, conduct literature, and contemporary treatises on the role of women. The documents illuminate religious controversy at the time of Shakespeare's play, some of his sources, the place of Venice in the early modern English imagination, merchant culture, and marriage, sexuality, and friendship in the period. Editorial features designed to help readers relate the play to historical documents include an engaging general introduction, an introduction to each thematic group of documents, headnotes and glosses for the primary documents (presented in modern spelling), and an extensive bibliography.

Author Biography

Roma Gill, the series editor, has taught Shakespeare at all levels. She has acted in and directed Shakespeare's plays and has lectured on Shakespeare all over the world

Table of Contents

Introductionp. v
About the Playp. v
Leading Characters in the Playp. viii
Synopsisp. x
The Merchant of Venice: commentaryp. xii
Shylockp. xxvi
Shakespeare's Versep. xxx
Source, Date, and Textp. xxxii
Characters in the Playp. xxxiii
The Merchant of Venicep. 1
Sourcesp. 101
Classwork and Examinationsp. 103
Discussion of Themes and Topicsp. 103
Character Studyp. 104
Activitiesp. 105
Context Questionsp. 106
Critical Appreciationp. 107
Essaysp. 109
Projectsp. 110
Backgroundp. 111
Governmentp. 111
Religionp. 111
Educationp. 112
Languagep. 112
Dramap. 112
Theatrep. 113
Further Readingp. 115
William Shakespeare, 1564-1616p. 117
List of Shakespeare's Playsp. 119
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