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Shylock and the economics of subversion in “The Merchant of Venice”

Hesham Khadawardi, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Examining the long history of critical reading and stage-production of William Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice, the current study observes commercial pressures pertaining both to Renaissance England as well as to the play text. Reading Shylock as a primary representation of commercial forces during the Renaissance, the study explores and questions the lack of attention to this aspect of the character of Shylock and the play as a whole; socio-political factors contributing to the shortage of depictions acknowledging commerce are considered. This examination of the play text and the history of stage production takes place in conjunction with a look at contemporary social forces that have dictated and guided the critical inquiry and stage production of the play from the Renaissance to the current day.

Subject Area

British and Irish literature

Recommended Citation

Khadawardi, Hesham, "Shylock and the economics of subversion in “The Merchant of Venice”" (2005). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3176789.