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Blood Relations: Christian and Jew in The Merchant of Venice

Janet Adelman


In this book, the author confronts her resistance to The Merchant of Venice as both a critic and a Jew. With a distinctive psychological acumen, this book argues that William Shakespeare's play frames the uneasy relationship between Christians and Jews specifically in familial terms in order to recapitulate the vexed familial relationship between Christianity and Judaism. The book locates the promise—or threat—of Jewish conversion as a particular site of tension in the play. Drawing on a variety of cultural materials, it demonstrates that, despite the triumph of its Christians, The Merchant of ... More

Keywords: The Merchant of Venice, Jews, William Shakespeare, Christianity, Judaism, Jewish conversion, Shylock, Renaissance England, familial relationship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226006819
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226006833.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janet Adelman, author