The Merchant of Venice: Third Series (Arden Shakespeare Third #16) (Paperback)

The Merchant of Venice: Third Series (Arden Shakespeare Third #16) By William Shakespeare, John Drakakis (Editor), Ann Thompson (Editor) Cover Image
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This is book number 16 in the Arden Shakespeare Third series.


The Merchant of Venice is perhaps most associated not with its titular hero, Antonio, but with the complex figure of the money lender, Shylock. The play was described as a comedy in the First Folio but its modern audiences find it more problematic to categorise. The vilification of Shylock 'the Jew' can be very uncomfortable for a post-holocaust audience and debates continue as to whether Shakespeare's portrayal of this complex man is sympathetic or anti-semitic.

John Drakakis' comprehensive introduction traces the stage history of the figure of the Jew and looks boldly at twenty-first century issues surrounding it. He also explores other themes of the play such as father/daughter relations, the power of money and the forceful character of Portia, to offer readers an energetic, original and revelatory reading of this challenging play.

About the Author

John Drakakis is Professor of English Studies at the University of Stirling, Scotland.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781903436813
ISBN-10: 1903436818
Publisher: Arden Shakespeare
Publication Date: April 26th, 2011
Pages: 480
Language: English
Series: Arden Shakespeare Third