Merchant of Venice

Merchant of Venice

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This edition presents a fresh examination of the text and all important aspects of its significance and meaning. Fully annotated, it also includes a useful selective collation of important variant readings, and a General Introduction that treats such topics as 'Shakespeare and Semitism', the date and background of the play, its stage history, and a new interpretation of the play and its themes. 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, including 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 and performances outside England, particularly in Israel. The text, based on a fresh examination of the early editions, is presented in modernised spelling and punctuation. Unfailingly lucid and helpful, this is an ideal edition for students, actors, and the general more

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  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 127 x 203.2 x 12.7mm | 45.36g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • halftones
  • 0192814540
  • 9780192814548

About William Shakespeare

Jay L. Halio is Professor of English, University of Delawareshow more

Table of contents

List of Illustrations; General Introduction; Shakespeare and Semitism; Sources, Analogues, and Date; The Play; Merchant of Venice in Performance; Textualy Introduction; Editorial Procedures / Abbreviations and References; THE MERCHANT OF VENICE; Appendix: Speech prefixes for Shylock in Quarto, Q2 and Folio; more

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