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- DescriptionThe Merchant of Venice is perhaps most associated t 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.
- Author BiographyJohn Drakakis is Professor of English Studies at the University of Stirling, Scotland.
- Author(s)William Shakespeare
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Date of Publication01/04/2006
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleArden Shakespeare
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintArden Shakespeare
- Content Note20 in Introduction
- Weight607 g
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Volume editorJohn Drakakis
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