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978-0-8204-5798-7 / 9780820457987

Scorned My Nation (Comparative Cultures and Literatures)

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Publisher:Peter Lang Publishing

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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In this book, the German history of 'The Merchant of Venice' highlights the Central European detour that Shakespearean reception underwent in Hebrew and Yiddish. Such a detour, with its various discomforts, is used to penetrate a current historical and political historiography, rendering Shylock a character that remembers various languages and locations, as well as multiple alternatives for political self-definition. This complex Shakespearean character speaks in many voices and for various purposes and is the only character that can provide the missing link between two contradictory Jewish stereotypes - a persecuted and victimized underling and a merciless and violent plaintive, holding out his knife to draw blood.

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