"The Merchant of Venice"

"The Merchant of Venice" : Third Series

By (author) William Shakespeare , Volume editor John Drakakis


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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 categorise. The vilification of Shylock 'the Jew' can be very uncomfortable for a 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.

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  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 25mm | 421.84g
  • 15 Apr 2011
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London
  • English
  • 3rd ed.
  • 20 in Introduction
  • 1903436818
  • 9781903436813
  • 37,801

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John Drakakis is Professor of English Studies at the University of Stirling, Scotland.

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