The Merchant of Venice Paperback
Edited by Prof. Cedric, M.A., Ph.D. Watts
Part of the Wordsworth Classics - Shakespeare S. series
Edited, introduced and annotated by Cedric Watts, Professor of English Literature, University of Sussex.
The Wordsworth Classics' Shakespeare Series presents a newly-edited sequence of William Shakespeare's works.
The textual editing takes account of recent scholarship while giving the material a careful reappraisal.
The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, but it remains deeply controversial.
The text may seem anti-Semitic; yet repeatedly, in performance, it has revealed a contrasting nature.
Shylock, though vanquished in the law-court, often triumphs in the theatre.
In his intensity he can dominate the play, challenging abrasively its romantic and lyrical affirmations.
What results is a bitter-sweet drama. Though The Merchant of Venice offers some of the traditional pleasures of romantic comedy, it also exposes the operations of prejudice.
Thus Shakespeare remains our contemporary.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 128 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
- Publication Date: 28/09/2000
- Category: Shakespeare plays
- ISBN: 9781840224313