Shakespeare and the Jews

Shakespeare and the Jews

By: James Shapiro (author)Paperback

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Going against the grain of the dominant scholarship on the period, which generally ignores the impact of Jewish questions in early modern England, James Shapiro presents how Elizabethans imagined Jews to be utterly different from themselves--in religion, race, nationality, and even sexuality. From strange cases of Christians masquerading as Jews to bizarre proposals to settle foreign Jews in Ireland, this book looks into the crisis of cultural identity in Elizabethan England and sheds new light on The Merchant of Venice.

About Author

James Shapiro is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

Contents

False Jews and Counterfeit Christians Myths, Histories, Consequences The Jewish Crime "A Pound of Flesh" The Hebrew Will Turn Christian Race, Nation, or Alien? Shakespeare and the Jew Bill of 1753

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780231103459
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780231103459
  • ISBN10: 023110345X

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