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The Merchant of Venice (Norton Critical Editions) - Leah Sinanoglou Marcus, William Shakespeare
The Merchant of Venice (Norton Critical Editions)
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The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare’s most beautiful plays and, conversely, his ugliest. Juxtaposed within the same conceptual frame are heavenly and musical harmonies, romantic love, materialism, and racism.This Norton Critical Edition has been carefully edited to make The Merchant of... show more
The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare’s most beautiful plays and, conversely, his ugliest. Juxtaposed within the same conceptual frame are heavenly and musical harmonies, romantic love, materialism, and racism.This Norton Critical Edition has been carefully edited to make The Merchant of Venice, its surrounding history, and the history of its critical reception and rewritings accessible to readers. The text of this edition is based on the 1600 First Quarto, with light editing and substantial explanatory annotations by Leah S. Marcus. "Sources and Contexts" largely focuses on the character of Shylock and the issue of anti-Semitism in the play. Materials included are diverse, and at times contradictory, allowing readers to draw their own conclusions. Examples include seventeenth-century anti-Semitic literature, an essay from the same period defending Jews and arguing for their repatriation in England, an examination of the Christian theology of the play, and readings of The Merchant of Venice as exclusionary for Jews, women, and people of color. "Criticism" collects twenty-one diverse interpretations. In addition to Shylock and the question of anti-Semitism, these essays address The Merchant of Venice in the context of postcolonial, feminist, and queer theory and explore relevant issues of economic status and organization. "Rewritings and Appropriations" includes excerpts from dramatic, musical, and other literary adaptations of The Merchant of Venice, as well as a selection of poems, most of them from the twentieth century, on the character of Shylock. A Selected Bibliography is also included.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780393925296 (0393925293)
ASIN: 393925293
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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Wanda's Book Reviews
Wanda's Book Reviews rated it
3.0 The Merchant of Venice / William Shakespeare
I attended a filmed version of this play, performed in the reconstructed Globe Theatre in London. The costuming was wonderful, plus the music was excellent! Jonathan Price was a convincing Shylock and his real-life daughter Phoebe played the role of Shylock’s daughter Jessica. Between the two of ...
Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it
2.0 The Merchant of Venice
“To bait fish withal: if it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me, and hindered me half a million; laughed at my losses,mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine enemies; and what's his reason? I am a Jew. Hath not a J...
Meandering Em's
Meandering Em's rated it
4.5 How is this a comedy?
This is a very strange play. Many call it a comedy, but there is very little that is humorous. It has a villain named Shylock, who is always referred to as a Jew, with the word "dirty" implied, but not said. There is a rebellious daughter, a melancholy merchant, and an enterprising heroine named Por...
The Bookchemist
The Bookchemist rated it
Still incredibly interesting and relevant in today's world, The Merchant of Venice analyzes how quicly the role of the bad guy can shift in a conflict and how thin the line between "right" and "good" is. Also features some constructive, always appreciable lines on how Jews are people too.Featured in...
A Sea of Stars
A Sea of Stars rated it
3.0
This only gets 3 stars because of Portia. Sassy, brilliant Portia.
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