Merchant of Venice: Texts and Contexts / Edition 1

Merchant of Venice: Texts and Contexts / Edition 1

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by William Shakespeare
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0312256248

ISBN-13: 9780312256241

Pub. Date: 03/04/2002

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

This edition of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice reprints the Bevington edition of the play along with documents and illustrations thematically arranged to offer a richly textured understanding of early modern culture and Shakespeare’s work within that culture. The texts include maps, woodcuts, sermons, statutes, early modern documents

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This edition of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice reprints the Bevington edition of the play along with documents and illustrations thematically arranged to offer a richly textured understanding of early modern culture and Shakespeare’s work within that culture. The texts include maps, woodcuts, sermons, statutes, early modern documents reflecting Christian attitudes toward Jews and Jewish reactions to these attitudes, excerpts from the Bible on moneylending as well as contemporary discourses on usury and commerce, anti-Catholic tracts, travel accounts, diplomatic reports, scenes from a morality play about the corrupting effects of treatment of aliens, conduct literature, and contemporary treatises on the role of women. The documents illuminate religious controversy at the time of Shakespeare’s play, some of his sources, the place of Venice in the early modern English imagination, merchant culture, and marriage, sexuality, and friendship in the period.
 
Editorial features designed to help readers relate the play to historical documents include an engaging general introduction, an introduction to each thematic group of documents, headnotes and glosses for the primary documents (presented in modern spelling), and an extensive bibliography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312256241
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date:
03/04/2002
Series:
Bedford Shakespeare Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
377
Sales rank:
233,588
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.17(h) x 0.58(d)

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Table of Contents

ABOUT THE SERIES
ABOUT THIS VOLUME
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

Introduction
 
PART ONE
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
(Edited by David Bevington)

 
PART TWO
Cultural Contexts

 
1. Venice 
 
English Ideas of Venice and Italians
Nation, Race, and Religion
 
     William Thomas, From The History of Italy
     Thomas Coryate, From Coryates Crudities
     Dudley Carleton, The English Ambassador’s Notes
     William Bedell, Letter to Adam Newton
     A Discovery of the Great Subtlety and Wonderful Wisdom of the Italians
     Robert Wilson, From The Three Ladies of London
     Queen Elizabeth I, Proclamation Ordering Peace Kept in London
     Sir Edward Coke, From The Reports
     Fynes Moryson, From An Itinerary
     John Leo, From A Geographical History of Africa
     George Best, From A True Discourse of the Late Voyages of Discovery, for the Finding
     of a Passage to Cathaya
     John Leo, From A Geographical History of Africa
     Sebastian Munster, From The Messiah of the Christians and the Jews
     Andrew Willet, From Concerning the Universal and Final Vocation of the Jews
 
2. Finance                                                                                                                                        
 
     Usury
     Jews
     Merchants
     Biblical Laws
     Thomas Wilson,
From A Discourse upon Usury by Way of Dialogue and Orations
     Debate on the Usury Bill
     Usury Bill
     Francis Bacon, Of Usury
     Sir Edward Coke, From The Institutes of the Laws of England
     Yehiel Nissim da Pisa, From The Eternal Life
     David de Pomis, From De Medico Hebraeo
     Leon Modena, From The History of Rites, Customs, and Manners of Life, of the Present   
     Jews, throughout the World
     Sir Thomas Sherley, The Profit That May Be Raised to Your Majesty out of the Jews
     Nicolas de Nicolay, From The Navigations, Peregrinations, and Voyages made into    
     Turkey
     The Levant Company’s Charter
     John Wheeler, From A Treatise of Commerce
     Daniel Price, The Merchant: A Sermon Preached at Paul’s Cross
 
3. Religion                                                                                                                                          
     Catholics versus Protestants
     Jews as Other
     Conversion
     Jews in England

     John Foxe, From Acts and Monuments
     William Allen, From A True, Sincere, and Modest Defense of English Catholics
     Robert Parsons, From A Brief Discourse Containing Certain Reasons Why Catholics
     Refuse  to go to Church
     Queen Elizabeth I, Proclamations on Priests
     St. Paul, On Law and Grace
     Andrew Willet, From Tetrastylon Papisticum
     Richard Bristow, From Demands to be Proponed of Catholics to the Heretics
     William Perkins, From A Faithful and Plain Exposition upon the To First Verses of the    
     Second Chapter of Zephaniah
     Gregory Martin, From Roma Sancta
     Thomas Draxe, From The World’s Resurrection
     Samuel Usque, From Consolation for the Tribulations of Israel
     John Foxe, From Acts and Monuments
     Raphael Holinshed, From Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland
     John Foxe, From Acts and Monuments
     From Fleta
     Examination of Roderigo Lopez
     William Camden, From The History of Elizabeth, Queen of England
 
4. Love and Gender                                                                                                                        
 
     Women and Marriage
     Friendship and Homosociality
     Juan Luis Vives,
From The Instruction of a Christian Woman
     Thomas Becon, From The Catechism
     Cornelius Agrippa, From Of the Nobility and Excellency of Womankind
     Phillip Stubbes, From The Anatomy of Abuses
     Alexander Niccholes, From A Discourse of Marriage and Wiving
     Sir Thomas Smith, From De Republica Anglorum
     Sir Thomas Elyot, From The Book Named the Governor
     Philemon Holland, From Plutarch’s Morals
 
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

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The Merchant of Venice (Campfire Graphic Novel) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful play - and unless you have seen it or read it you don't know it at all. That's because everything the popular culture tells us about this play is false (for example; how many of you think this play is about a merchant named Shylock? ;-)

The Merchant of Venice is about a merchant named Antonio and his efforts to help his daughter Portia, find a suitable husband. A significant subplot involves a cruel, greedy Jew named Shylock. Some call this play anti-Semitic because of Shylock¿s character, it isn¿t. Making a bad guy Jewish is not anti-Semitic. The other Jew in the play is Shylock¿s daughter Jessica, and she is sweet, kind, and compassionate.

There is powerful verbal conflict between the Christian and Jewish world-views in which both sides get a fair hearing and get in their licks. This is almost unheard of today because the Christian side of this dialectic is considered politically incorrect.

The Merchant of Venice is a lively and happy morality tale. Good triumphs over bad - charity over greed - love over hate. There is fine comedy. Portia is one of Shakespeare's great women. There are moments of empathy and pain with all the major characters. There is great humanity and earthiness in this play. These things are what elevate Shakespeare over any other playwright in English history.

Plays should be seen - not read. I recommend you see this play (if you can find a theater with the courage and skill to do it). But if it is not playing in your area this season - buy the book and read

Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best plays I have read! The book features many different characters, which have many attributes that pertain to the main part of the story. The trial scene is an amazing one, with Shylock, the plantiff having the tables turned back onto himself. This is a remarkable book. Anyone who has read Shakespears books will certainly enjoy this one !!
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This book is impossible to read on my Nook. There are breaks between words with number and symbols.
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