Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Introduction

    1. William Shakespeare, M. Lindsay Kaplan
      Pages 1-21
  3. William Shakespeare

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. William Shakespeare, M. Lindsay Kaplan
      Pages 25-120
  4. Cultural Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. William Shakespeare, M. Lindsay Kaplan
      Pages 123-186
    3. William Shakespeare, M. Lindsay Kaplan
      Pages 187-240
    4. William Shakespeare, M. Lindsay Kaplan
      Pages 241-310
    5. William Shakespeare, M. Lindsay Kaplan
      Pages 311-351
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 353-377

About this book


This edition of Shakespeare s The Merchant of Venice reprints the Bevington edition of the play accompanied by four sets of thematically arranged primary documents and illustrations designed to facilitate many different approaches to Shakespeare s play and the early modern culture out of which the play emerges. The texts include maps, woodcuts, sermons, statutes, early modern documents reflecting Christian attitudes toward Jews and Jewish reactions to these attitudes, excerpts from the bible on money lending as well as contemporary discourses on usury and commerce, excerpts from the first account of Jewish life written in the vernacular by a Jew for a Christian audience, anti-Catholic tracts, travel accounts, diplomatic reports, scenes from a morality play about the corrupting effects of money, royal proclamations concerning the treatment of aliens, conduct literature, and contemporary treatises on the role of women.

Editors and affiliations

  • M. Lindsay Kaplan
    • 1
  1. 1.Georgetown UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Merchant of Venice
  • Book Subtitle Texts and Contexts
  • Authors NA NA
  • Series Title The Bedford Shakespeare Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2002
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-312-29433-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-63494-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-07784-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 377
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, multidisciplinary
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