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Shakespeare and the Jews

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Going against the grain of the dominant scholarship on the period, which generally ignores the impact of Jewish questions in early modern England, James Shapiro presents how Elizabethans imagined Jews to be utterly different from themselves?in religion, race, nationality, and even sexuality. From strange cases of Christians masquerading as Jews to bizarre proposals to settle foreign Jews in Ireland, this book looks into the crisis of cultural identity in Elizabethan England and ...

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Overview

Going against the grain of the dominant scholarship on the period, which generally ignores the impact of Jewish questions in early modern England, James Shapiro presents how Elizabethans imagined Jews to be utterly different from themselves—in religion, race, nationality, and even sexuality. From strange cases of Christians masquerading as Jews to bizarre proposals to settle foreign Jews in Ireland, this book looks into the crisis of cultural identity in Elizabethan England and sheds new light on The Merchant of Venice.

Columbia University Press

Winner of the Sixteenth Century Journal's 1997 Roland A. Bainton Book Prize

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
What Shapiro shows convincingly is how deeply Shakespeare's play dug into the fantasies, anxieties and pleasures of its audience.
Tikkun
Shapiro not only explodes the myth of the absent Jew but, more significantly, explores how literature conveys such notions.
Shakespeare Newsletter - Glenn Speer
Shapiro has written a brilliant, incisive cultural history...
New York Times Book Review
What Shapiro shows convincingly is how deeply Shakespeare's play dug into the fantasies, anxieties and pleasures of its audience.
Tikkun
Shapiro not only explodes the myth of the absent Jew but, more significantly, explores how literature conveys such notions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231103459
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 820,720
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

James Shapiro is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

False Jews and Counterfeit ChristiansMyths, Histories, ConsequencesThe Jewish Crime"A Pound of Flesh"The Hebrew Will Turn ChristianRace, Nation, or Alien? Shakespeare and the Jew Bill of 1753

Columbia University Press

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