The Merchant of Venice

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-11-05
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press
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Harold Bloom on "The Merchant of Venice": "Shylock's prose is Shakespeare's best before Falstaff's...His utterances manifest a spirit so potent, malign, and negative as to be unforgettable."

Author Biography

Barbara A. Mowat is Director of Academic Programs at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Executive Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, Chair of the Folger Institute, and author of The Dramaturgy of Shakespeare's Romances and of essays on Shakespeare's plays and on the editing of the plays.

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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