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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


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


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


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


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


“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


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


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


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


The Panoramic Stage: William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and Cymbeline

Bradley D. Ryner

in Performing Economic Thought: English Drama and Mercantile Writing 1600-1642

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748684656
eISBN:
9780748697113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684656.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter examines how plays and treatises reflected on their construction of vantage points from which an economic system is visible. Mercantile writers described their treatises as ‘maps’ and ... 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


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


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


. Reproducing Christians: Salvation, Race, and Gender on the Early Modern En glish Stage

Dennis Austin Britton

in Becoming Christian: Race, Reformation, and Early Modern English Romance

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780823257140
eISBN:
9780823261482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257140.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Whereas numerous infidel women convert to Christianity on the early modern English stage, relatively few infidel men convert. Chapter 5 explores the interplay of race, gender, and salvation in ... More


‘This was a way to thrive’: Christian and Jewish eudaimonism in The Merchant of Venice

Sara Coodin

in The Renaissance of emotion: Understanding affect in Shakespeare and his contemporaries

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780719090783
eISBN:
9781781708866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719090783.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The discourse of self-help in Shakespeare’s era was deeply immersed in questions of what it was possible to control and how to effect a reshaping of the self in accordance with objective ideals. ... More


Re-Enchanting the Mediterranean: Shakespeare’s

Laurence Publicover

in Dramatic Geography: Romance, Intertheatricality, and Cultural Encounter in Early Modern Mediterranean Drama

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198806813
eISBN:
9780191844362
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198806813.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Situating its analysis of The Merchant of Venice within recent critical discussions over Shakespeare’s place within a wider early modern dramatic culture, this chapter reads the play as a response to ... More


Shakespeare for Children

Amy Scott-Douglass

in The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748635238
eISBN:
9780748652297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635238.003.0020
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter explores the philosophies of children's Shakespeare, and theories and practices of adaptation over the last two centuries. It describes several adaptations by the major figures of ... 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


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


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