This collection of essays is aimed at students who are working on The Merchant of Venice and who are looking for new ways of thinking about the play and new ways of thinking about their own practice as critics. The collection offers a spectrum of the more recent writings on the play, that open up its historical, cultural and political significance and serve to demonstrate some of the ways in which contemporary criticism is not only based upon critical theory but is also about the practice of criticism. This is a strong collection of essays about Shakespeare's most controversial play.
About the Author
MARTIN COYLE is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Wales, Cardiff.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgements.- General Editor's Preface.- Introduction; M.Coyle.- Comedy and The Merchant of Venice; G.Holderness.- Re-reading The Merchant of Venice; K.Ryan.- The Merchant of Venice and the Possibilities of Historical Criticism; W.Cohen.- Shakespeare and the Jews; J.Shapiro.- Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Colonization and Miscegenation in The Merchant of Venice; K.F.Hall.- Portia's Ring: Unruly Women and the Structures of Exchange in The Merchant of Venice; K.Newman.- Love in Venice; C.Belsey.- How to Read The Merchant of Venice Without Being Heterosexist; A.Sinfield.- Historical Differences and Venetian Patriarchy; J.Drakakis.- Transformations of Authenticity: The Merchant of Venice in Israel; A.Oz.- Further Reading.- Notes on Contributors.- Index.