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Merchant of Venice, Text and Contexts

Merchant of Venice, Text and Contexts - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0312256241

Cover of Merchant of Venice, Text and Contexts 02 (ISBN 978-0312256241)
ISBN13: 978-0312256241
ISBN10: 0312256248
Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Bedford Books
Published: 2002
International: No

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Merchant of Venice, Text and Contexts - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0312256241

William Shakespeare

ISBN13: 978-0312256241
ISBN10: 0312256248
Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Bedford Books

Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

This edition of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice reprints the Bevington edition of the play accompanied by four sets of thematically arranged primary documents and illustrations designed to facilitate many different approaches to Shakespeare's play and the early modern culture out of which the play emerges. The texts include maps, woodcuts, sermons, statutes, early modern documents reflecting Christian attitudes toward Jews and Jewish reactions to these attitudes, excerpts from the bible on money lending as well as contemporary discourses on usury and commerce, excerpts from the first account of Jewish life written in the vernacular by a Jew for a Christian audience, anti-Catholic tracts, travel accounts, diplomatic reports, scenes from a morality play about the corrupting effects of money, royal proclamations concerning the treatment of aliens, conduct literature, and contemporary treatises on the role of women. The documents illuminate religious controversy at the time of Shakespeare's play, some of his sources, the place of Venice in the early modern English imagination, merchant culture, and marriage, sexuality, and friendship in the period.

Editorial features designed to help students read the play in light of the historical documents include a general introduction, an introduction to each thematic group of documents, headnotes and glosses for the primary documents (presented in modern spelling), and an extensive bibliography.

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