The Jew of Malta - New Mermaids 15 (Hardback)
  • The Jew of Malta - New Mermaids 15 (Hardback)
zoom

The Jew of Malta - New Mermaids 15 (Hardback)

(author)
£30.00
Hardback 176 Pages / Published: 27/07/2017
  • In stock
  • Free UK delivery

UK delivery within 2 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
'Tell me worldlings, underneath the sun, If greater falsehood ever has been done' The Jew of Malta, written around 1590, can present a challenge for modern audiences. Hugely popular in its day, the play swings wildly and rapidly in genre, from pointed satire, to bloody revenge tragedy, to melodrmatic intrigue, to dark farce and grotesque comedy. Although set in the Mediterranean island of Malta, the play evokes contemporary Elizabethan social tensions, especially the highly charged issue of London's much-resented community of resident merchant foreigners. Barabas, the enormously wealthy Jew of the play's title, appears initially victimized by Malta's Christian Governor, who quotes scripture to support the demand that Jews cede their wealth to pay Malta's tribute to the Turks. When he protests, Barabas is deprived of his wealth, his means of livelihood, and his house, which is converted to a nunnery. In response to this hypocritical extortion, Barabas launches a horrific (and sometimes hilarious) course of violence that goes well beyond revenge, using murderous tactics that include everything from deadly soup to poisoned flowers. The play's sometimes complex treatment of anti-Semitism and its relationship to Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice remain matters of continuing scholarly reflection. This student edition contains a lengthy Introduction with background on the author, date and sources, theme, critical interpretation and stage history, as well as a fully annotated version of the playtext in modern spelling. James R. Siemon is Professor of English at Boston University.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781474260961
Number of pages: 176
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
Edition: POD

You may also be interested in...

Shakespeare
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Shakespeare Book
Added to basket
DK
£18.99
Hardback
A Streetcar Named Desire
Added to basket
Twelfth Night
Added to basket
A Taste Of Honey
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Hamlet: The Oxford Shakespeare
Added to basket
Antigone
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
A View from the Bridge
Added to basket
The Three Theban Plays
Added to basket
Writing Home
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Hamlet
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
The Glass Menagerie
Added to basket
Poetics
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.