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A Will to Believe: Shakespeare and Religion

David Scott Kastan

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199572892
eISBN:
9780191770456
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572892.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies, Drama

On 19 December 1601, John Croke, then Speaker of the House of Commons, addressed his colleagues: “If a question should be asked, What is the first and chief thing in a Commonwealth to be regarded? I ... More


Conversion

Kenneth Gross

in Shylock Is Shakespeare

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226309774
eISBN:
9780226309927
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226309927.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

Defeated by Portia's law tricks and subject to the judgment of the Venetian court, Shylock is told that he must on pain of death become a Christian. This chapter argues the demand for conversion has ... More


Converting Names in Love's Labour's Lost

Gillian Woods

in Shakespeare's Unreformed Fictions

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199671267
eISBN:
9780191750670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671267.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

Chapter 2 considers how Catholic content functions in an apparently apolitical comedy. Focusing on Love's Labour's Lost, it questions why the male romantic leads should be oddly encumbered with real ... More


Stolen Daughters and Stolen Idols

Sara Coodin

in Is Shylock Jewish?: Citing Scripture and the Moral Agency of Shakespeare's Jews

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474418386
eISBN:
9781474434492
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474418386.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

Chapter 3 continues the discussion of the Genesis Jacob cycle’s intertextual relationship to The Merchant of Venice, focusing intently on Shylock’s daughter Jessica. This chapter examines how ... More


Blood Relations: Christian and Jew in The Merchant of Venice

Janet Adelman

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226006819
eISBN:
9780226006833
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226006833.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

In this book, the author confronts her resistance to The Merchant of Venice as both a critic and a Jew. With a distinctive psychological acumen, this book argues that William Shakespeare's play ... More


Conversion and Cosmopolitism

David Scott Kastan

in A Will to Believe: Shakespeare and Religion

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199572892
eISBN:
9780191770456
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572892.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies, Drama

The chapter begins with an account of how religion forms as a conceptual category in early modern England, and goes on to consider Shakespeare’s two Venice plays, The Merchant of Venice and Othello, ... More


Introduction: Strangers within Christianity

Janet Adelman

in Blood Relations: Christian and Jew in The Merchant of Venice

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226006819
eISBN:
9780226006833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226006833.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter argues that The Merchant of Venice's representation of Jews begins and ends with the issue of conversion, and its most dramatic scene threatens to replay the killing of Christ, the ... More


Leaving the Jew's House: Father, Son, and Elder Brother

Janet Adelman

in Blood Relations: Christian and Jew in The Merchant of Venice

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226006819
eISBN:
9780226006833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226006833.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

Conversion from Judaism to Christianity in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice—at least before Shylock's enforced conversion—is represented as a child's deception and then abandonment of a ... More


Her Father's Blood: Conversion, Race, and Nation

Janet Adelman

in Blood Relations: Christian and Jew in The Merchant of Venice

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226006819
eISBN:
9780226006833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226006833.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

In William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, Lancelot's escape from Shylock's house serves as a necessary prelude to Jessica's, a comic warding off of the anxiety that might otherwise be provoked ... More


Incising Antonio: The Jew Within

Janet Adelman

in Blood Relations: Christian and Jew in The Merchant of Venice

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226006819
eISBN:
9780226006833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226006833.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter argues that in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, anxiety about the status of circumcision as a reliable marker of difference plays itself out in the incision that Shylock ... More


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