First published in 1996, James Shapiro's pathbreaking analysis of the portrayal of Jews in Elizabethan England challenged readers to recognize the significance of Jewish questions in Shakespeare's day. From accounts of Christians masquerading as Jews to fantasies of settling foreign Jews in Ireland, Shapiro's work delves deeply into the cultural insecurities of Elizabethans while illuminating Shakespeare's portrayal of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. In a new preface, Shapiro reflects upon what he has learned about intolerance since the first publication of Shakespeare and the Jews.
|Publisher:||Columbia University Press|
|Edition description:||twentieth anniversary edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
James Shapiro is the Larry Miller Professor of English at Columbia University and a governor of the Folger Shakespeare Library. He is the author of several books, including The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 (2015) and 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (2005).
Table of ContentsPreface to the Twentieth Anniversary Edition
A Note on Texts
1. False Jews and Counterfeit Christians
2. Myths, Histories, Consequences
3. The Jewish Crime
4. "The Pound of Flesh"
5. The Hebrew Will Turn Christian
6. Race, Nation, or Alien?
7. Shakespeare and the Jew Bill of 1753
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Shakespeare and the Jews based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
A good in-depth study of showing how Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice reflected contemporary anxieties that surrounded the Jews - despite there being very few Jews resident in sixteenth century England. Many of the English anxieties centred around race and religion and were fuelled by reports of Jewish behaviour from the rest of Europe. Sadly some of these anxieties still resonate today.