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Shylock is Shakespeare
By Kenneth Gross

Shylock is Shakespeare

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Shylock is Shakespeare by Kenneth Gross

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Shylock, the Jewish moneylender in "The Merchant of Venice" who famously demands a pound of flesh as security for a loan to his antisemitic tormentors, is one of Shakespeare s most complex and idiosyncratic characters. With his unsettling eloquence andhis varying voices of protest, play, rage, and refusal, Shylock remains a source of perennial fascination. What explains the strange and enduring force of this character, so unlike that of any other in Shakespeare s plays? Kenneth Gross posits thatthe figure of Shylock is so powerful because he is the voice of Shakespeare himself. Marvelously speculative and articulate, Gross s book argues that Shylock is a breakthrough for Shakespeare the playwright, an early realization of the Bard s power to create dramatic voices that speak for hidden, unconscious, even inhuman impulses characters larger than the plays that contain them and ready to escape the author s control. Shylock is also a mask for Shakespeare s own need, rage, vulnerability, and generosity, giving form to Shakespeare s ambition as an author and his uncertain bond with the audience. Gross s vision of Shylock as Shakespeare s covert double leads to a probing analysis of the character s peculiar isolation, ambivalence, opacity, and dark humor. Addressing the broader resonance of Shylock, both historical and artistic, Gross examines the character s hold on later readers and writers, including Heinrich Heine and Philip Roth, suggesting that Shylock mirrors the ambiguous states of Jewishness in modernity. A bravura critical performance, "Shylock Is Shakespeare "will fascinate readers with its range of reference, its union of rigor and play, and its conjectural even fictive means of coming to terms with the question of Shylock, ultimately taking readers to the very heart of Shakespeare s humanizing genius. "

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226309774
ISBN-10: 0226309770
Format: Hardback
(219mm x 157mm x 22mm)
Pages: 184
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 8-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Kenneth Gross

Kenneth Gross is professor of English at the University of Rochester. He is the author of many books, including, most recently, "Shakespeare s Noise, " also published by the University of Chicago Press."

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