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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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Introduction

Graham Holderness

into kabuki (such as the 1885 kabuki adaptation of The Merchant of Venice based on a Japanese novel, in turn a version of the Lambs’ Tales from Shakespeare ), dominant forces in Japanese theatre, like those in society in general, were

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Introduction

Joachim Frenk and Lena Steveker

and culture. She reads The Merchant of Venice (1596), Sir Thomas More (1600), King Lear (1605/06), Hamlet (c. 1600), The Tempest (1610/11) and other plays by Shakespeare alongside Dekker's and Jonson's entertainment performed on the occasion

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Gender and Status in the Medieval World

Katherine Weikert and Elena Woodacre

2015, https://bitchmedia.org/post/pushback-at-the-intersections-defining-and-critiquing-intersectionality . 17 For a limited number of examples, see M. Lindsay Kaplan, “Jessica’s Mother: Medieval Constructions of Jewish Race and Gender in ‘The Merchant

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Demythologizing Girlhood in Kate Bernheimer’s Trilogy

Catriona McAra

sisters. Drawing on Shakespeare’s symbolism of the box in The Merchant of Venice (1605), Freud reminds us that the successful suitor must select the most virtuous of the three boxes in order to marry fair Portia: one box is made of gold (sun), one is of