The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice - The Arden Shakespeare. Third Series

Paperback (06 Feb 2011) | English

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Synopsis

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.

Book information

ISBN: 9781903436813
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (UK)
Imprint: The Arden Shakespeare
Pub date:
DEWEY: 822.33
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 506g
Height: 197mm
Width: 132mm
Spine width: 23mm