Shylock: A Legend and Its Legacy

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Simon and Schuster, 4.01.1994 г. - 386 страници
Never has one character of the stage provoked such controversy or achieved such infamy as Shakespeare's enigmatic Shylock. For four centuries the money lender of "The Merchant of Venice" has been reinvented as both villain and victim, as an object of tragedy and comedy, and has been used as an economic symbol and often as a lightning rod for anti-Semitism. But what was Shakespeare's attitude toward the character described on the play's title page in 1600 as "a man of extreme crueltie," and what should be our own? With brilliant historical perspective and insight, theater critic John Gross explores the complex and influential history that has given Shylock a life beyond the play and established him as a figure of world mythology. Illuminating Shylock's evolution on the stage, his importance to writers and psychologists, and his enduring influence on society and culture, John Gross sheds as much light on our own shifting attitudes and beliefs as on the rich and disquieting figure Shakespeare created.
 

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SHYLOCK: A Legend and Its Legacy

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Shylock—stereotype, archetype, icon—is, according to London Sunday Telegram theater-critic Gross (The Rise and Fall of the Man of Letters), the only character in a Shakespeare play to have an ... Прочетете пълната рецензия

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Amazingly, Shylock is in only five scenes in the Merchant of Venice . Yet, as pointed out by Gross, the theater critic for the London Sunday Telegraph , his impact and significance transcend his ... Прочетете пълната рецензия

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Preface
9
PART one Shakespeares Shylock
15
two Jews
31
three Three Thousand Ducats
47
four Shylock Is My Name
63
six I Stand for Judgment
76
seven Christians
91
eight From Comical to Tragical
105
twelve Between the Wars
184
CONTENTS
209
FOURTEEN Other Voices Other Cultures
234
FIFTEEN An Extended Family
257
SIXTEEN Economic Man
285
SEVENTEEN A Father Figure
301
NINETEEN Since 1945
324
Notes
353

nine Romantics and Revisionists
125
un Henry Irving
144
eleven Stage and Study i 65
165

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