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Shylock (Fictitious character)

Works: 402 works in 886 publications in 8 languages and 44,045 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Television adaptations  History  Comedy plays  Televised plays  Juvenile works  Nonfiction television programs  Comic books, strips, etc 
Classifications: PR2825.A2, 822.33
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    The merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare( Book )
    158 editions published between 1734 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 5,705 libraries worldwide
    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
    William Shakespeare's The merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare( visu )
    27 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and Chinese and held by 2,421 libraries worldwide
    "Antonio, a successful but cash-poor merchant, approaches Shylock, a wealthy moneylender, for a loan to help his young friend Bassanio woo the fair Portia. Despite being longtime enemies, Shylock grants the request, but demands one pound of Antonio's flesh if the debt is not repaid on time. When Antonio defaults on the loan, Shylock seeks what is legally owed him but soon learns that those to whom evil is done, do evil in return"--Container
    The merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare( visu )
    25 editions published between 1980 and 2016 in English and Apache languages and held by 1,868 libraries worldwide
    Blending tragedy and comedy, this play presents contrasts and ambiguities, the complexities of which lie in the character Shylock, its captivating villain. Is he a villain, a buffoon, or tragic hero?
    Twentieth century interpretations of the Merchant of Venice: a collection of critical essays by Sylvan Barnet( Book )
    3 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 1,579 libraries worldwide
    Shakespeare and the Jews by James Shapiro( Book )
    7 editions published between 1992 and 2016 in English and held by 1,142 libraries worldwide
    Going against the grain of the dominant scholarship on the period, which generally ignores the impact of Jewish questions in early modern England, James Shapiro shows how Elizabethans imagined Jews to be utterly different from themselves - in religion, race, nationality, and even sexuality. From strange cases of Christians masquerading as Jews to bizarre proposals to settle foreign Jews in Ireland, Shakespeare and the Jews looks into the crisis of cultural identity in that post-Reformation world. Even as Shakespeare has come to embody Englishness itself, The Merchant of Venice, with its exploration of Jewish criminality, conversion, race, alien status, and national identity, now stands at the crossroads of cultural exclusion and cultural longing. In this formidably researched new book, Shapiro sheds fascinating light on the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries and opens new questions about culture and identity in Elizabethan England
    Shylock : a legend and its legacy by John Gross( Book )
    7 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 1,106 libraries worldwide
    "Like Don Quixote or Robinson Crusoe, Shylock is one of the great familiar figures of world drama, known even to people who have never read or seen The Merchant of Venice. He is also one of the most controversial characters ever conceived; his ambiguities have been a challenge to actors, directors, critics, and playgoers for more than four centuries. Is he villain or victim? Tragic or comic? What was Shakespeare's attitude toward the character described on the play's title page in 1600 as "a man of extreame crueltie," and what should be our own?" "It was the brilliant notion of literary and theater critic John Gross to explore the complex and influential history that has given Shylock a life beyond the play and established him as a figure of world mythology. Beginning with the elements that went into Shylock's creation, Gross traces his evolution on the stage at the hands of legendary actors such as Charles Macklin and Edmund Kean on down to George C. Scott and Laurence Olivier. Shylock has enjoyed equally colorful treatment on the page, where he has troubled and stimulated writers as different as Marcel Proust, Henry James, Heinrich Heine, and Erica Jong. Gross pays particular attention to Jewish attitudes toward Shylock, and to his place in the history of anti-Semitism, his use as an economic symbol, and his importance to psychologists and psychoanalysts." "The result is a remarkable cultural study that sheds as much light on our shifting attitudes and beliefs as on the rich and disquieting figure Shakespeare created."--Jacket
    Shylock, the history of a character by Hermann Sinsheimer( Book )
    7 editions published between 1947 and 1963 in English and German and held by 914 libraries worldwide
    William Shakespeare by Harold Bloom( Book )
    1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 892 libraries worldwide
    A collection of eight critical essays on one of Shakespeare's more controversial works
    From Shylock to Svengali; Jewish stereotypes in English fiction by Edgar Rosenberg( Book )
    3 editions published in 1960 in English and held by 825 libraries worldwide
    The harmonies of The merchant of Venice by Lawrence Danson( Book )
    3 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 777 libraries worldwide
    William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare( Sound Recording )
    19 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 716 libraries worldwide
    "In Shakespear's most controversial play, the opposing values of justice and mercy must be resolved. Antonio promises money to help his friend Bassanio woo Portia. He borrows the sum needed from the cruel Shylock, but there will be a dreadful penalty if the loan is not repaid."--Container
    The taming of the shrew by William Shakespeare( Book )
    4 editions published between 1987 and 1996 in English and held by 694 libraries worldwide
    Presents an adaptation of Shakespeare's play The taming of the shrew. With captions
    The merchant of Venice by Gareth Hinds( Book )
    2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 679 libraries worldwide
    "A stylish, modern adaptation of Shakespeare's dark comedy, with backgrounds drawn on location in Venice. The text is adapted for clarity, and transitions from simple, modern prose to original Shakespearean verse as the play progresses" -- from author's web site
    Shylock and the Jewish question by Martin D Yaffe( Book )
    8 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 633 libraries worldwide
    "In Shylock and the Jewish Question, Yaffe challenges the widespread assumption that Shakespeare is, in the final analysis, unfriendly to Jews. Emphasizing that The Merchant of Venice is a work of political philosophy as well as literature, Yaffe raises the intriguing possibility that Shakespeare presents Shylock not as a typical Jew, but as a bad one. He finds that Shakespeare's consideration of Judaism in The Merchant of Venice provides an important contrast to Marlowe's virulent The Jew of Malta."--Jacket
    Shylock is Shakespeare by Kenneth Gross( Book )
    7 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 493 libraries worldwide
    Shylock's complex afterlife is one measure of his power, and Gross also explores his transformations in the work of such writers as Jorge Luis Borges, Heinrich Heine, and Philip Roth, as well as his uncanny way of mirroring the ambiguous nature of Jewishness in modernity."--Jacket
    Understanding The merchant of Venice : a student casebook to issues, sources, and historical documents by Jay L Halio( Book )
    4 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 389 libraries worldwide
    "The Merchant of Venice, even in its own time, was considered Shakespeare's most controversial play. Now one of the most popularly read and performed works, the play raises even more important issues for our day, particularly anti-Semitism and the treatment of Jews. Shakespeare scholar Jay Halio brings together his fascinating literary insights and his considerable knowledge of Shakespeare's world to this student casebook. His analysis of the play helps students interpret Shakespeare's plot and interwoven subplots, the sources that helped shape the play and the characters, and the thematic issues relating to justice, mercy, and the myriad bonds of human relationships
    Blood relations : Christian and Jew in the Merchant of Venice by Janet Adelman( Book )
    7 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 369 libraries worldwide
    In 'Blood Relations', Janet Adelman confronts her resistance to 'The Merchant of Venice' as both a critic and a Jew. She argues that the play frames the uneasy relationship between Christian and Jew specifically in familial terms in order to recapitulate the vexed relationship between Christianity and Judaism
    Shylock in Germany : antisemitism and the German theatre from the enlightenment to the Nazis by Andrew Bonnell( Book )
    5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 211 libraries worldwide
    How did the catastrophic development of antisemitism in Germany interact with the portrayal of Shylock on the German stage? Here Andrew Bonnell gives us the first cultural history of this tragic character from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice as performed on the German stage. He analyses the performances of the most famous German actors in the role from the late eighteenth century up until the end of World War II and takes a broader view of the rising and falling popularity of The Merchant of Venice across Germany in this period. Bonnell does not confine the book to theatre history only - but instead uses the changing portrayal of Shylock to analyse German cultural attitudes towards Jews over time
    The merchant of Venice ( Book )
    7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 142 libraries worldwide
    The Merchant of Venice has always been regarded as one of Shakespeare's most interesting plays. Before the nineteenth century critical reaction is relatively fragmentary. However between then and the late twentieth century the critical tradition reveals the tremendous vitality of the play to evoke emotion in the theatre and in the study. Since the middle of the twentieth century reactions to the drama have been influenced by the Nazi destruction of European Jewry. The first volume to document the full tradition of criticism of The Merchant of Venice includes an extensive introduction which cha
    William Shakespeare: 'The Merchant of Venice' by Boika Sokolova( file )
    1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 0 libraries worldwide
    This book offers a pedagogical analysis of Shakespeare's complex and controversial play in its Elizabethan and modern contexts. It discusses Shakespeare's life, education, and literary career; the genre of romantic comedy; the characters of the play; the
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