John Drakakis is Professor of English Studies at the University of Stirling, UK. He is Editor of Alternative Shakespeares, Shakespearean Tragedy, the Arden 3 edition of The Merchant of Venice, General Editor of Routledge's New Critical Idiom series, and joint editor and contributor to Gothic Shakespeares.
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
The Merchant of Venice is perhaps most associated not with its titular hero, Antonio, but with the complex figure of the money lender, Shylock. The play was described as a comedy in the First Folio but its modern audiences find it more problematic to categorise. The vilification of Shylock ‘the Jew’ can be very uncomfortable for a post-holocaust audience and debates continue as to whether Shakespeare’s portrayal of this complex man is sympathetic or anti-semitic.
John Drakakis comprehensive introduction traces the stage history of the figure of the Jew and looks boldly at twenty-first century issues surrounding it. He also explores other themes of the play such as father/daughter relations, the power of money and the forceful character of Portia, to offer readers an energetic, original and revelatory reading of this challenging play.
AUTHOR: JOHN DRAKAKIS
Publisher: ARCHITECTURAL PRESS
Author: JOHN DRAKAKIS