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Wrestling with Shylock
Jewish Responses to The Merchant of Venice

Edna Nahshon, Michael Shapiro, Abigail Gillman, Nina Warnke, Jeffrey Shandler, Richard H. Weisberg, Marc Hodin, Shelley Zer-Zion, Jeanette Malkin, Sabine Schülting, Gad Kaynar-Kissinger, Efraim Sicher, Miriam Gilbert, Michelle Ephraim, Susan Chevlowe, Judah M. Cohen
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  • Date Published: May 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107010277


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  • Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice occupies a unique place in world culture. As the fictional, albeit iconic, character of Shylock has been interpreted as exotic outsider, social pariah, melodramatic villain and tragic victim, the play, which has been performed and read in dozens of languages, has served as a lens for examining ideas and images of the Jew at various historical moments. In the last two hundred years, many of the play's stage interpreters, spectators, readers and adapters have themselves been Jews, whose responses are often embedded in literary, theatrical and musical works. This volume examines the ever-expanding body of Jewish responses to Shakespeare's most Jewishly relevant play.

    • A major contribution to the study of anti-Semitism in various cultures before and after the Holocaust
    • Contributes to the study of Jews entering and adjusting to the modern world
    • Considers the play from a variety of Jewish perspectives
    • Offers cross-cultural and in-depth discussions of a rich gamut of artistic and intellectual 'takes' on the Shylock 'problem'
    • Can be used in courses on Shakespeare studies, cultural studies, theatre studies and Jewish studies
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    'This is a superb and fascinating collection of essays that produces new thinking on the play, in terms not only of its complex and provocative history but also of the ways in which the 'problem of Shylock' continues to reinvent and reinvigorate questions about the relationship between history and story, performance and complicity. It is a very important collection for any Shakespearian who understands the power of the play, and the legacies, as well as spectres, of theatrical history.' Charlotte Scott, Shakespeare Survey

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107010277
    • length: 452 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 51 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface Edna Nahshon
    Part I. Introductions:
    1. Literary sources and theatrical interpretations of Shylock Michael Shapiro
    2. The anti-Shylock campaign in America Edna Nahshon
    Part II. Discourses:
    3. Shylock in German-Jewish historiography Abigail Gillman
    4. Yiddish Shylocks in theater and literature Nina Warnke and Jeffrey Shandler
    5. Lawyers and judges address Shylock's case Richard H. Weisberg
    Part III. The Stage:
    6. David Belasco's 1922 production of The Merchant of Venice Marc Hodin
    7. New York City, 1947: a season for Shylocks Edna Nahshon
    8. The Merchant of Venice in mandatory Palestine and the state of Israel Shelley Zer-Zion
    9. Fritz Kortner and other German-Jewish Shylocks before and after the Holocaust Jeanette Malkin
    10. Evoking the Holocaust in George Tabori's productions of The Merchant of Venice Sabine Schülting
    11. The Merchant of Venice on the German stage and the 1995 'Buchenwald' production in Weimar Gad Kaynar-Kissinger
    12. Recasting Shakespeare's Jew in Wesker's Shylock Efraim Sicher
    13. Jewish directors and Jewish Shylocks in twentieth-century England Miriam Gilbert
    Part IV. Literature, Art and Music:
    14. Zionism in Ludwig Lewisohn's novel, The Last Days of Shylock Michael Shapiro
    15. Jessica's Jewish identity in contemporary feminist novels Michelle Ephraim
    16. Christian iconography and Jewish accommodation in Maurycy Gottlieb's painting, 'Shylock and Jessica' Susan Chevlowe
    17. Shylock in opera, 1871–2014 Judah M. Cohen
    Part V. Postscript:
    18. Shylock and the Arab-Israel conflict Edna Nahshon

  • Editors

    Edna Nahshon, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York
    Edna Nahshon is Professor of Theatre and Drama at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City and Senior Associate at Oxford's Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.

    Michael Shapiro, University of Illinois
    Michael Shapiro is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Illinois. He is a founder and director of the Program in Jewish Culture and Society.


    Edna Nahshon, Michael Shapiro, Abigail Gillman, Nina Warnke, Jeffrey Shandler, Richard H. Weisberg, Marc Hodin, Shelley Zer-Zion, Jeanette Malkin, Sabine Schülting, Gad Kaynar-Kissinger, Efraim Sicher, Miriam Gilbert, Michelle Ephraim, Susan Chevlowe, Judah M. Cohen

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