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 ISBN: 9781903436813 Publisher: ARCHITECTURAL PRESS Subtitle: Author: JOHN DRAKAKIS
In a series of interviews with fifty playwrights from the US and UK, this book offers a fascinating study of the voices, thoughts, and opinions of today’s most important dramatists.
Filled with probing questions, Fifty Playwrights on their Craft explores ideas such as how does playwriting help a global dialogue; where do dramatists find the ideas that become the stories and narratives within their plays; how can the stage inform the writer’s creative process; how does crossing boundaries between art forms push the living art form of theatre-making forward; and will there be playwrights in another 50 years? Through these interrogating interviews we come to understand how and why playwrights write what they do and gain insight into their processes and motivations. Together, the interviews provide an inter-generational dialogue between dramatists whose work spans over six decades.
Featuring interviews with playwrights such as Edward Bond, Katori Hall, Chris Goode, David Greig, Willy Russell, David Henry Hwang, Alecky Blythe, Anne Washburn and Simon Stephens, Jester and Svich offer an unprecedented view into the multiple perspectives and approaches of key playwrights on both sides of the Atlantic.
In the wake of the critical success of The Late Parade (?poetry as lush as any of Keats?s odes,? New York Times Book Review), Adam Fitzgerald?s George Washington follows in the documentary poetics tradition of William Carlos Williams?s In the American Grain and Susan Howe?s My Emily Dickinson. These frenetic poems channel the proper names and product placement in the suburban New Jersey memescape of the 1990s. Fitzgerald?s catalogs?a world of video games and love songs, entertainment franchises and widespread anomie?seek out the proxies by which millions now live their most intimate experiences, examining everything from sexuality and faith to the spectacles of shopping and mass shootings. The poet?s memory may prove as fungible as the once-ubiquitous VHS cassette, but these queer poems form a hypertext archive of life as it?s packaged and purveyed. Fitzgerald?s ?primal vision? (Harold Bloom), so wildly alive in The Late Parade, metamorphoses into an exhilarating exploration of Americana?s dark origins.
AUTHOR: ADAM FITZGERALD ISBN: 9781631491009 Publisher: LIVERIGHT Subtitle: Author: ADAM FITZGERALD