9780312294335

The Merchant of Venice Texts and Contexts

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  • ISBN13:

    9780312294335

  • ISBN10:

    0312294336

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-05-17
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

This edition of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice reprints the Bevington edition of the play accompanied by four sets of thematically arranged primary documents and illustrations designed to facilitate many different approaches to Shakespeare's play and the early modern culture out of which the play emerges. 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 money lending as well as contemporary discourses on usury and commerce, excerpts from the first account of Jewish life written in the vernacular by a Jew for a Christian audience, anti-Catholic tracts, travel accounts, diplomatic reports, scenes from a morality play about the corrupting effects of money, royal proclamations concerning the treatment of aliens, conduct literature, and contemporary treatises on the role of women.

Table of Contents

About the Series v
About This Volume vii
List of Illustrations
xv
Introduction 1(22)
PART ONE William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice 23(98)
David Bevington
PART TWO Cultural Contexts 121(232)
Venice
123(64)
English Ideas of Venice and Italians
125(3)
Nation, Race, and Religion
128(59)
The History of Italy
131(6)
William Thomas
Coryats Crudities
137(8)
Thomas Coryate
The English Ambassador's Notes
145(2)
Dudley Carleton
Letter to Adam Newton
147(3)
William Bedell
A Discovery of the Great Subtlety and Wonderful Wisdom of the Italians
150(4)
The Three Ladies of London
154(5)
Robert Wilson
Proclamation Ordering Peace Kept in London
159(1)
Queen Elizabeth I
The Reports
160(2)
Sir Edward Coke
An Itinerary
162(10)
Fynes Moryson
A Geographical History of Africa
172(4)
John Leo
A True Discourse of the Late Voyages of Discovery, for the Finding of a Passage to Cathaya
176(2)
George Best
A Geographical History of Africa
178(2)
John Leo
The Messiah of the Christians and the Jews
180(3)
Sebastian Munster
Concerning the Universal and Final Vocation of the Jews
183(4)
Andrew Willet
Finance
187(54)
Usury
188(1)
Jews
189(3)
Merchants
192(49)
Biblical Laws
193(1)
A Discourse upon Usury by Way of Dialogue and Orations
194(6)
Thomas Wilson
Debate on the Usury Bill
200(5)
Usury Bill
205(2)
Of Usury
207(3)
Francis Bacon
The Institutes of the Laws of England
210(2)
Sir Edward Coke
The Eternal Life
212(5)
Yehiel Nissim da Pisa
De Medico Hebraco
217(4)
David de Pomis
The History of Rites, Customs, and Manners of Life, of the Present Jews, throughout the World
221(2)
Leon Modena
The Profit That May Be Raised to Your Majesty Out of the Jews
223(2)
Sir Thomas Sherley
The Navigations, Peregrinations, and Voyages Made into Turkey
225(2)
Nicolas De Nicolay
The Levant Company's Charter
227(3)
A Treatise of Commerce
230(5)
John Wheeler
The Merchant: A Sermon Preached at Paul's Cross
235(6)
Daniel Price
Religion
241(70)
Catholics versus Protestants
242(2)
Jews as Other
244(2)
Conversion
246(2)
Jews in England
248(63)
Acts and Monuments
250(5)
John Foxe
A True, Sincere, and Modest Defense of English Catholics
255(3)
William Allen
A Brief Discourse Containing Certain Reasons Why Catholics Refuse to Go to Church
258(5)
Robert Parsons
Proclamations on Priests
263(5)
Queen Elizabeth I
On Law and Grace
268(2)
St. Paul
Tetrastylon Papisticum
270(4)
Andrew Willet
Demands to Be Proponed of Catholics to the Heretics
274(3)
Richard Bristow
A Faithful and Plain Exposition upon the Two First Verses of the Second Chapter of Zephaniah
277(3)
William Perkins
Roma Sancta
280(4)
Gregory Martin
The World's Resurrection
284(4)
Thomas Draxe
Consolation for the Tribulations of Israel
288(5)
Samuel Usque
Acts and Monuments
293(4)
John Foxe
Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland
297(4)
Raphael Holinshed
Acts and Monuments
301(2)
John Foxe
Fleta
303(1)
Examination of Roderigo Lopez
304(3)
The History of Elizabeth, Queen of England
307(4)
William Camden
Love and Gender
311(42)
Women and Marriage
312(3)
Friendship and Homosociality
315(38)
The Instruction of a Christian Woman
319(8)
Juan Luis Vives
The Catechism
327(5)
Thomas Becon
Of the Nobility and Excellency of Womankind
332(3)
Cornelius Agrippa
The Anatomy of Abuses
335(1)
Philip Stubbes
A Discourse of Marriage and Wiving
336(3)
Alexander Niccholes
De Republica Anglorum
339(3)
Sir Thomas Smith
The Book Named the Governer
342(5)
Sir Thomas Elyot
Plutarch's Morals
347(6)
Philemon Holland
Bibliography 353(10)
Index 363

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