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Shakespeare and the Jews

Lily Kahn

components that has been explored in detail in James Shapiro’s seminal monograph Shakespeare and the Jews . 1 Jewish elements in the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries extend far beyond the infamous figure of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice , and

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Edited by Graham Holderness and Bryan Loughrey

commerce (see, e.g., The Comedy of Errors, The Merchant of Venice, Coriolanus, Othello…) . It should therefore come as no surprise that economic themes and motifs rank high among the pressing cultural concerns to which Shakespeare gave shape in his works

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Elizabeth Hoyt and Gašper Jakovac

surprisingly, several essays reflect on The Merchant of Venice , a focal point for ‘anxieties that Shakespeare might have been “a Jew-hater”’ (p. 35). Recent scholarship such as that of James Shapiro and Emma Smith has been labouring to revaluate English early

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The Exceptions to the Rule

Jews in Shakespeare’s England

Cynthia Seton-Rogers

without Jews when he wrote The Merchant of Venice and created arguably the most famous Jew in literary history. There is evidence that at least a handful of Jews came to England immediately after the expulsions from Spain and Portugal. Some Marrano

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Canonising Shakespeare in 1920s Japan

Tsubouchi Shōyō and the Translator's Choice

Daniel Gallimore

of the Meiji era in 1912, namely Hamlet , Julius Caesar , The Merchant of Venice , Othello and Romeo and Juliet . In a later volume, he does include his early version in classical theatrical style of Julius Caesar (1884) but not his modern

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Safi Mahmoud Mahfouz

, Shakespeare’s play can be interpreted as commentary on the struggle for power in early to mid-seventeenth-century Britain. Bartha notes that under the Habsburg neo-absolutist regime, all promptbooks and adaptations of The Merchant of Venice in Pest (the

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Shakespeare’s Orientalism Revisited

A Postcolonial Study of the Appropriation of Arabic/Islamic Allusions and Matters in the Bard’s Oeuvre

Mahmoud F. Al-Shetawi

Merchant of Venice , the Prince of Morocco, who obviously comes from North Africa, ‘desires’ to ‘possess’ the precious prize, that is Portia, more than anything else, pointing out that he is not alone in this quest: The Hyrcanian deserts and the vasty

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‘Those Twins of Learning’

Cognitive and Affective Learning in an Inclusive Shakespearean Curriculum

Sheila T. Cavanagh and Steve Rowland

the characters, or imagine how they would confront the crises depicted in the play. Prisoners are quick to recognise and comprehend the emotional resonances portrayed in Macbeth , Hamlet , King Lear , Merchant of Venice , Othello , Julius Caesar

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Keith Jones

Baker has Holling read several plays – in an attempt, he believes, to bore him to death and get her Wednesday afternoons back. If that's her intent, it backfires. He's intrigued by The Merchant of Venice , though he says that it's not as good as

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‘As a Stranger Give it Welcome’

Foreignness and Wonder in Jacobean London

Lois Potter

the underground voice like a ‘stranger’, Hamlet places the Ghost itself in that category, which might be grotesque, pathetic or ‘wondrous’, depending on one's attitude. In The Merchant of Venice , Gratiano's words to his fiancée, ‘cheer yon stranger