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Merchant of Venice : Wordsworth Classics - SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM

Merchant of Venice

Wordsworth Classics

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Published: 28th September 2000
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Edited, introduced and annotated by Cedric Watts, Professor of English Literature, University of Sussex. The Wordsworth Classics' Shakespeare Series, with 'Romeo and Juliet', 'Henry V' and 'The Merchant of Venice' as its inaugural volumes, presents a newly-edited sequence of William Shakespeare's works. The textual editing takes account of recent scholarship while giving the material a careful reappraisal. The Wordsworth Classics' Shakespeare Series presents a newly-edited sequence of William Shakespeare's works. The textual editing takes account of recent scholarship while giving the material a careful reappraisal. 'The Merchant of Venice' is one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, but it remains deeply controversial. The text may seem anti-Semitic; yet repeatedly, in performance, it has revealed a contrasting nature. Shylock, though vanquished in the law-court, often triumphs in the theatre. In his intensity he can dominate the play, challenging abrasively its romantic and lyrical affirmations. What results is a bitter-sweet drama. Though 'The Merchant of Venice' offers some of the traditional pleasures of romantic comedy, it also exposes the operations of prejudice. Thus Shakespeare remains our contemporary. AUTHOR: William Shakespeare (1564-1616) needs little introduction. As we approach the four-hundredth anniversary of his death, his reputation as one of the greatest writers in the English language is undeniable - except by those who attribute his works to other writers.

The Editor and Contributors
Editors' Preface
Preface
How to Use this Book
A Note on the Texts Used
Introductionp. 1
Historical Difference and Venetian Patriarchyp. 23
Shakespeare on Marxp. 57
Reprise: Gender, Sexuality and Theories of Exchange in The Merchant of Venicep. 102
Heterologyp. 124
Endpiecep. 164
Notesp. 169
Referencesp. 177
Further Readingp. 185
Indexp. 189
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ISBN: 9781840224313
ISBN-10: 1840224312
Series: Wordsworth Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 28th September 2000
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Type: New edition