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Editorial

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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Introduction

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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Book Reviews

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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Shakespeare and Tyranny: Regimes of Reading in Europe and Beyond

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

that the settings of The Merchant of Venice , Othello , The Tempest and Antony and Cleopatra should be approached. These plays share one thing in common: they have Oriental backgrounds in terms of place and culture. In The Merchant of Venice

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Almost Shakespeare – But Not Quite

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

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Jewish Renegades and Renegade Jews in Robert Daborne’s A Christian Turned Turk

Adriana Streifer

anxiety about supersession in Blood Relations: Christian and Jew in The Merchant of Venice (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008), 24–34. 11 Paul’s flesh-spirit binary draws on the ‘hermeneutical Jew’, an interpretive construct of Christian