"The Merchant of Venice": Third Series (Arden Shakespeare)

"The Merchant of Venice": Third Series (Arden Shakespeare)

By: William Shakespeare (author), John Drakakis (volume_editor)Paperback

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

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/04/2006
  • ISBN13: 9781903436813
  • Format: Paperback, Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 480
  • ID: 9781903436813
  • weight: 503
  • ISBN10: 1903436818

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