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Dismembering the Ducat in The Merchant of Venice

David Landreth

in The Face of Mammon: The Matter of Money in English Renaissance Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199773299
eISBN:
9780199932665
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773299.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Everyone knows that The Merchant of Venice is all about money, but if the characters of the play know it too, they do their best to avoid saying so. This chapter examines the variety of ways in which ... More


 Movements of Ritual and Sincerity

Adam B. Seligman, Robert P. Weller, Michael J. Puett, and Bennett Simon

in Ritual and Its Consequences: An Essay on the Limits of Sincerity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195336009
eISBN:
9780199868933
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336009.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter looks at different cultural examples of the tensions between ritual and sincerity over time. First, it discusses the interplay of law and love, Judaism and Christianity, and ritual and ... 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


Contract, Custom, and the Multiple Historicities of The Merchant of Venice

John Frow

in On Interpretive Conflict

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780226613956
eISBN:
9780226614144
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226614144.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

After the Holocaust, the figure of Shylock has increasingly come to look like an anti-Semitic caricature. This chapter makes sense of The Merchant of Venice's generic and structural anomalies (the ... More


The Merchants and the Jew of Venice: Wealth’s Communion and an Intruder

C. L. Barber

in Shakespeare's Festive Comedy: A Study of Dramatic Form and Its Relation to Social Custom

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149523
eISBN:
9781400839858
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149523.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. This play as a whole is not shaped by festivity in the relatively direct way as in Love's Labour's Lost and A Midsummer Night's Dream. The ... More


Mediterranean Markets, Commoditised Masculinity and the Whitening of Christian Chastity in the Merchant of Venice and the Renegado

Katherine Gillen

in Chaste Value: Economic Crisis, Female Chastity and the Production of Social Difference on Shakespeare's Stage

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474417716
eISBN:
9781474434539
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417716.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter examines the commodity potential of white Europeans in multiracial trading environments. Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and Massinger’s The Renegado register anxieties about ... More


Shakespeare's Letters

Alan Stewart

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199549276
eISBN:
9780191701504
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199549276.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

William Shakespeare's plays are stuffed with letters — 111 appear on stage in all but five of his dramas. But for modern actors, directors, and critics they are frequently an awkward embarrassment. ... More


Heirs and Affines in The Merchant of Venice

Katharine Eisaman Maus

in Being and Having in Shakespeare

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199698004
eISBN:
9780191752001
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698004.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

In The Merchant of Venice, written between Richard II and 1 Henry IV, Shakespeare considers some of the same issues from a different generic point of view. Merchant can highlight the question of what ... More


Let Me Have Judgment, and the Jew His Will

Drew Daniel

in The Melancholy Assemblage: Affect and Epistemology in the English Renaissance

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780823251278
eISBN:
9780823252701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251278.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice pitches melancholy oddly between opportunity, challenge, and therapeutic responsibility, its fundamentally epistemological mystery anticipating the ... More


“Racked … to the Uttermost”: The Verges of Love and Subjecthood in The Merchant of Venice

Lara Bovilsky

in This Distracted Globe

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780823270286
eISBN:
9780823270323
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823270286.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Both recent and older criticism has focused on The Merchant of Venice’s Antonio as a typical representative of various forms of early modern sexuality, friendship, economic culture, and subjectivity. ... 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


Charity and Usury: Jewish and Christian Lending in Renaissance and Early Modern Italy: Italian Lecture

Brian Pullan

in Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 125, 2003 Lectures

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263242
eISBN:
9780191734014
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263242.003.0002
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This lecture discusses some of the bitter controversies that arose over the interest levied by many of the Monti. It looks at the efforts that some of them made to avoid any charges at all, and lists ... More


Ironising the Human: The Merchant of Venice

Andy Mousley

in Re-Humanising Shakespeare: Literary Humanism, Wisdom and Modernity

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748623181
eISBN:
9780748652211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623181.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter investigates two representative examples of approaches to The Merchant of Venice that foreground in different ways the issue of irony. It first provides a broad sense of what reading ... More


Portia Redux: Another Look at Gender, Feminism, and Legal Ethics 1

Carrie Menkel-Meadow

in Legal Ethics and Legal Practice: Contemporary Issues

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198259459
eISBN:
9780191681950
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198259459.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Legal Profession and Ethics

In 1985 the author wrote an article entitled, ‘Portia In A Different Voice: Speculations on a Women's Lawyering Process’, which explored how gender differences might effect the ways in which lawyers ... More


Portia’s Pauline Perversion: The Merchant of Venice and Romans 1

Will Stockton

in Members of His Body: Shakespeare, Paul, and a Theology of Nonmonogamy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780823275502
eISBN:
9780823277209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823275502.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

Paul’s sexed exception of Christ from the Christian prohibition against male bodily penetration vexes Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, a comedy about the power of marriage to simultaneously ... 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


Shakespearian Figures

Hammond Paul

in Figuring Sex between Men from Shakespeare to Rochester

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186922
eISBN:
9780191674617
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186922.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter considers ideas about how texts open and close possibilities, and uses them to read some of Shakespeare's work. It first focuses on the Sonnets, on the rhetoric of possession and ... More


Both Sides Now

Neil Rhodes

in Shakespeare and the Origins of English

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199245727
eISBN:
9780191715259
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245727.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter discusses drama as ‘speech-writing’. It identifies the dramatic construction of moral ambiguity, which led to the concept of the ‘problem play’ as a major strand in 20th-century ... 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


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