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The Oxford Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

Category: Book
By (author): Shakespeare, William
Series: Oxford World's Classics
Subject:  PERFORMING ARTS / General
  PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: May 2008
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 7.72in x 5.08in x 0.59in
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From The Publisher*What was Shakespeare's attitude to Semitism? The Introduction to this edition of The Merchant of Venice opens by addressing this vital issue raised by the play, and goes on to study the sources, background, and date, includuing a discussion of Sigmund Freud's essay on 'The Three Caskets'. Professor Halio interprets the play's contradictions, inconsistencies, and complementarities, especially as these relate to the overarching theme of bonds and bondage. A survey of the play's stage history ranges from discussions of its early staging to important twentieth-century productions and performances outside England, particularly in Israel. The text, based on a fresh examination of the early editions, is presented in modernized spelling and punctuation. Unfailingly lucid and helpful, this is an ideal edition for students, actors, and the general reader.
Review Quote*`The annotation, generally proficient, is admirably frank in rendering sexual doubles entendres and is frequently illuminating in its references to modes of staging ... As in the other volumes of this Oxford Shakespeare series, there is a good range of pictorial material and a very useful index ... this edition of The Merchant of Venice is creditable, lucid, and practical.' Cedric Watts, University of Sussex, Review of English Studies, Vol. 47, No. 186, May '96
Biographical NoteJay L. Halio is Professor of English, University of Delaware