William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is often considered to be one of his most controversial plays. This student’s Edition tries to explicate the core elements of the play with clear and well-defined annotations as well as exhaustive Critical Appreciations on interesting topics such as Shakespeare’s treatment of Fools and Comedy; the Role of Portia’s Ring; and the Art of Rhetoric in the plot development of the play. The Play The Merchant of Venice is a story of love, romance, revenge and religious fanaticism set in the backdrop of 16th Century Venice. Not only is the play an intricate meld of various plots involving a gallery of the most fascinating characters in literature, but it is also imbued with a rich and potent poetic expression. It encompasses a wide range of themes and makes a very powerful comment on the human condition. The dramatic force of the play continues to resonate with audiences across the world and makes it a favourite pick for performances even in the contemporary context.
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About the Author
Lovelina Singh is a Professor at the Department of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh which was her Alma Mater as also Sacred Heart College, Dalhousie. She was a recipient of the prestigious Bernard and Audre Rapport Fellowship for postdoctoral studies in USA and was also awarded a major research project by the UGC. Formerly editor of Dialog, an international peer-reviewed journal of literature, she has also published several scholarly articles in academic journals and is currently working on a manuscript on American Jewish Fiction.
Table of Contents• Text with Annotations and Commentary • Critical Essays Portia’s Ring: An Indeterminate Theatrical Sign in The Merchant of Venice Folly Foolery and the Fool: The Strange Case of Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice Shakespearean Argot: The Art of Rhetoric in The Merchant of Venice