A Routledge Literary Sourcebook on William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

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S. P. Cerasano
Psychology Press, 2004 - 211 páginas
With Shylock's pound of flesh and Portia's golden ring, The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare's most controversial, disturbing and unforgettable plays.
Combining accessible commentary with a range of reprinted materials, S. P. Cerasano:
*explores the contexts of the play, including early modern images of Venice, the commercialism of the play, Shakespeare's theatre and London, and images of Jewishness
*samples modern criticism of Shakespeare's Merchant, grouped into sections on The Economic Framework, Choosing and Risking, and Shylock and Other Strangers
*offers an invaluable discussion of the play in performance, considering crucial staging issues and changing interpretations of the roles of Portia and Shylock
*closely examines key passages of the work, providing both commentary and extensively annotated sections of play text
*prepares readers for additional study of the play with a useful guide to further reading.
Assuming no prior knowledge of the play, this sourcebook is the essential guide to one of the most haunting works of English drama.
 

Índice

Key Passages
3
Mercantile Culture
12
Historical Contexts
27
Merchants Capitalism and the Controversy over Usury
38
From Francis Bacon Of Usury 1625
44
Critical History
55
Early Critical Reception
64
7
66
Choosing and Risking
88
12
93
The Work in Performance
97
19
106
The Debate about Portia
119
Staging Issues
126
Introduction
133
Recommended Editions
199

From George Colman Prose on Several Occasions 1787
70
From Harley GranvilleBarker Prefaces to Shakespeare 1948
76

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Acerca do autor (2004)

S. P. Cerasano is the Edgar W. B. Fairchild Professor of Literature at Colgate University, Hamilton NY

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