"The Merchant of Venice": Third Series

Author(s): William Shakespeare & John Drakakis (Editor)

Poetry & Plays

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.

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A major new edition of this much-studied and performed play Comprehensive, illustrated Introduction gives full critical and stage histories of the play and opens up new readings Detailed on-page Commentary and textual notes enhance the reader's understanding

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

General Fields

  • : 9781903436813
  • : A & C Black Publishers Ltd
  • : Methuen Drama
  • : April 2006
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 24mm
  • : United States
  • : February 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 822.33
  • : 480
  • : 20 in Introduction
  • : William Shakespeare & John Drakakis (Editor)
  • : Paperback
  • : 3