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Is Shylock Jewish? – Citing Scripture and the Moral Agency of Shakespeare's Jews - Edinburgh Scholarship Online
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Is Shylock Jewish?: Citing Scripture and the Moral Agency of Shakespeare's Jews

Sara Coodin


What happens when we consider Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Veniceas a play with ‘real’ Jewish characters who are not mere ciphers for anti-Semitic Elizabethan stereotypes? Is Shylock Jewish studies Shakespeare’s extensive use of stories from the Hebrew Bible in The Merchant of Venice, and argues that Shylock and his daughter Jessica draw on recognisably Jewish ways of engaging with those narratives throughout the play. By examining the legacy of Jewish exegesis and cultural lore surrounding these stories, this book traces the complexity and richness of Merchant’s Jewish aspect, spanning encou ... More

Keywords: The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, Jessica, moral agency, ethics of reading, anti-Semitic stereotypes, midrash, biblical exegesis, Jewish identity, Yiddish theatre, inter-textuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474418386
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474418386.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sara Coodin, author