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The Merchant of Venice has been performed more often than any other comedy by Shakespeare. Molly Mahood pays special attention to the expectations of the play's first audience, and to our modern experience of seeing and hearing the play. In a substantial new addition to the Introduction, Charles Edelman focuses on the play's sexual politics and recent scholarship devoted to the position of Jews in Shakespeare's time. He surveys the international scope and diversity of theatrical interpretations of The Merchant in the 1980s and 1990s and their different ways of tackling the troubling figure of Shylock.

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Genre: Literary Collections
Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release: 2003-05-01
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 9781139835251

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In this lively comedy of love and money in sixteenth-century Venice, Bassanio wants to impress the wealthy heiress Portia but lacks the necessary funds. He turns to his merchant friend, Antonio, who is forced to borrow from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender. When Antonio's business falters, repayment becomes impossible—and by the terms of the loan agreement, Shylock is able to demand a pound of Antonio’s flesh. Portia cleverly intervenes, and all ends well (except of course for Shylock).

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Genre: Drama
Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Yale University Press
Release: 2006
File: 167 Pages
ISBN-13: 0300115644

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Although generally considered a comedy, this play has an underlying plot of considerable moral dimension. The three main characters, Antonio, the prosperous merchant, Shylock, the reviled usurer and the heiress Portia, are portrayed in ways untypical of Elizabethan norms.

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Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
Release: 2000
File: 128 Pages
ISBN-13: 1840224312

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Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher:
Release: 1874
File: 168 Pages
ISBN-13: PRNC:32101066125426

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The Merchant Of Venice Bases Its Dramatic Logic On The New Testament Premise That You Get What You Give, And The Play S Consistent Enactment Of This Looking-Glass Logic Creates A World In Which Mirroring Is A Major Internal Principle Of Order. The Indian Philosophy, Distilled In Our Vedas, Puranas And Epics, Speaks In Almost The Same Vein. Shylock Is Cunning, Cruel And Implacable. For Centuries, The Shylocks Of India, In Various Garbs, Have Tried And Succeeded Partially, To Get Their Pounds Of Flesh From Their Victims. Usury Was Condemned In The Elizabethan Period But We, In India, Still Nourish It. Secondly, Shylock S Sense Of Jessica Is Anti-Human As Well As Anti¬Social. He Is Aware Of Her As Of An Item Of Inventory, As Many Father, In India, Do With Their Daughters.Bassanio Must Have Learnt From Shylock S Example: A Wrong, Even A Small One, Is Always A Wrong And Calls Forth Its Own Punishment Automatically, For, As We Shall See, In Dr. Agarwalla S Interpretation Of The Play, The Law Sleeps Only Until Unoffended, When It Reacts By Reflecting The Offence In Kind. The Law Has No Power To Make Anyone Choose To Do Right, It Can Only Punish Those Who Do Wrong. The Prince Of Morocco, Like Any Prince Of Yester-Years, In India, Is Chivalrous, Amorous, Gracious And Sexually Virile. It Was Unkind Of Portia To Say Uncomplimentary Words For Him But She, Like White-Skinned Ladies, Have Always Done So In The Past And Are Doing It, At Present. Thus The Merchant Of Venice Is As Much Relevant To Indians As It Was And Is To The English And To The World, In General. Dr. Shyam S. Agarwalla Gives A New Approach, A New Presentation And A New Direction To The Reading And Critical Analysis Of The Play. At Times, His Critical Examination Of The Play Is Unconventional, Provocative But Nonetheless Educative. That Marks Him Off From Other Indian Editors Of The Merchant.

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Author: S.S. Agarwalla
Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Dist
Release: 1997-12
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 8171565832

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Genre:
Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher:
Release: 1882
File: 168 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015017676944

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Genre: English drama
Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher:
Release: 1969
File: 66 Pages
ISBN-13: IND:32000006245668

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Examines the themes, characters, critical reception, performance history, and language of the play.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Vicki K. Janik
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Release: 2003
File: 273 Pages
ISBN-13: 0313309442

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Examines how directors have dealt with the problem of anti-semitism in staging Shakespeare's play over the past century, with a review of an Elizabethan performance as comparison. Among the seven productions considered are the 1970 Miller/Olivier, the 1987 Alexander/Sher, and two televised versions. Distributed in the US by St. Martin's. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: James C. Bulman
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Release: 1991
File: 164 Pages
ISBN-13: 0719027462

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Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher:
Release: 1869
File: 130 Pages
ISBN-13: HARVARD:32044020610549

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