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Shakespeare and the Jews

Author: James Shapiro
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Twentieth anniversary edition, with a new prefaceView all editions and formats
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James Shapiro's pathbreaking analysis of the portrayal of Jews in Elizabethan England challenged readers to recognize the significance of Jewish questions in Shakespeare's day. From accounts of Christians masquerading as Jews to fantasies of settling foreign Jews in Ireland, Shapiro's work delves deeply into the cultural insecurities of Elizabethans while illuminating Shakespeare's portrayal of Shylock in The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; Shylock, (Fictitious character); William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; Shylock, (Fictitious character); Shylock; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Shapiro
ISBN: 0231178670 9780231178679 0231103441 9780231103442 9780231103459 023110345X
OCLC Number: 930485934
Awards: Winner of Roland A. Bainton Book Prize 2017
Description: xv, 317 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. False Jews and Counterfeit Christians --
2. Myths, Histories, Consequences --
3. The Jewish Crime --
4. "The Pound of Flesh" --
5. The Hebrew Will Turn Christian --
6. Race, Nation, or Alien? --
7. Shakespeare and the Jew Bill of 1753.
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What Shapiro shows convincingly is how deeply Shakespeare's play dug into the fantasies, anxieties and pleasures of its audience. New York Times Book Review A groundbreaking study of Elizabethan Read more...

 
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