Visions of Venice in Shakespeare (Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies)

Visions of Venice in Shakespeare (Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies)

By: Dr Shaul Bassi (author), Dr Laura Tosi (author), Professor Michele Marrapodi (series_editor)Hardback

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Despite the growing critical relevance of Shakespeare's two Venetian plays and a burgeoning bibliography on both The Merchant of Venice and Othello, few books have dealt extensively with the relationship between Shakespeare and Venice. Setting out to offer new perspectives to a traditional topic, this timely collection fills a gap in the literature, addressing the new historical, political and economic questions that have been raised in the last few years. The essays in this volume consider Venice a real as well as symbolic landscape that needs to be explored in its multiple resonances, both in Shakespeare's historical context and in the later tradition of reconfiguring one of the most represented cities in Western culture. Shylock and Othello are there to remind us of the dark sides of the myth of Venice, and of the inescapable fact that the issues raised in the Venetian plays are tremendously topical; we are still haunted by these theatrical casualties of early modern multiculturalism.

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Laura Tosi is Associate professor of English Literature at Ca' Foscari University in Venice. She specializes in Renaissance drama and children's literature. Shaul Bassi is Associate professor of English Literature at Ca' Foscari University in Venice. He specializes in Shakespeare and postcolonial studies.


Contents: Foreword, Stanley Wells; Introduction: visions of Venice in Shakespeare, Laura Tosi and Shaul Bassi; Part 1 Sources: Supersubtle Venetians: Richard Knolles and the geopolitics of Shakespeare's Othello, Virginia Mason Vaughan; Venice, Shakespeare and the Italian novella, Daria Perocco; Genealogy of a character: a reading of Giraldi's Moor, Karina Feliciano Attar. Part 2 Political Culture and Religious Policy in Venice and England: Shakespeare and republican Venice, Andrew Hadfield; 'Self-sovereignty' and religion in Love's Labours Lost: from London to Venice via Navarre, Gilberto Sacerdoti; Job in Venice: Shakespeare and the travails of universalism, Julia Reinhard Lupton. Part 3 Crossing Boundaries and the Play of Identity: 'Strangers ... with vs in Venice', Graham Holderness; Shakespeare, Jonson and Venice: crossing boundaries in the city, Laura Tosi; The return of the dead in The Merchant of Venice, Kent Cartwright; Othello and Venice: discrimination and projection, Alessandro Serpieri. Part 4 Venetian Plays and their Afterlife: Merchant of where? The Venetian plays in English visual culture, Stuart Sillars; Rewriting Venice and radicalizing Shylock: 19th-century French and Romanian adaptations of The Merchant of Venice, Madalina Nicolaescu; Barefoot to Palestine: the failed meetings of Shylock and Othello, Shaul Bassi; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/01/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781409405474
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 280
  • ID: 9781409405474
  • weight: 680
  • ISBN10: 1409405478

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