The Merchant of Venice: New Critical Essays

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John W. Mahon, Ellen Macleod Mahon
Psychology Press, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 456 pages
Four hundred years after its first performance, The Merchant of Venice continues to draw audiences, spark debate, and elicit controversy. This collection of new essays examines the performance and study of Shakespeare's play from a broad range of contemporary critical approaches. The contributors, drawn from four continents, build upon recent scholarship in new historicism, feminism, performance theory, and postcolonial studies to present new perspectives on the play, and offer fresh insights into its critical legacy on stage and as a literary text. A substantial introductory essay provides important historical context and surveys major critical approaches to the play over the centuries. This volume is an essential companion to The Merchant of Venice and a significant contribution to Shakespearean criticism.
 

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Contents

THE FORTUNES OF THE MERCHANT OF VENICE FROM 1596 TO 2001
SHAKESPEARES MERCHANT AND MARLOWES OTHER PLAY
93
THE QUESTION OF PHILOSEMITISM IN ELIZABETHAN DRAMA
105
JESSICA
143
TEXTUAL DEVIANCY IN THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
163
PORTIA AND THE OVIDIAN GROTESQUE
177
DOES SOURCE CRITICISM ILLUMINATE THE PROBLEMS OF INTERPRETING THE MERCHANT AS A SOURED COMEDY?
185
A STUDY IN SALVATION
197
PORTIAS WIFELY EMPOWERMENT IN THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
281
WHOSE MISLIKE? PORTIAS? SHAKESPEARES? OR THAT OF HIS AGE?
303
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE AND THE POLITICS OF COMMERCE
323
NAMES IN THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
351
PERFORMING SHYLOCK AND OTHER CHARACTERS IN THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
367
MAKING THE MERCHANT OF VENICE PALATABLE FOR US AUDIENCES
373
SHYLOCK IN PERFORMANCE
385
PLAYING THE ROLE IN THE TWENTIETHCENTURY ENGLISH THEATER
429

A READING OF THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
211
EMBLEM ANALOGUE AND DEIFICATION IN THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
223
Notes on the Contributors
453

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John Mahon is Professor of English at Iona College and Editor of the Shakespeare Newsletter. He received his PhD. in English from Columbia University.

Ellen Mahin is Assistant Professor of English at Iona College. She attended NYU and received her PhD. in English from Fordham University.

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