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Shylock Is Shakespeare

Kenneth Gross


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 and his 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? This book posits that the figure of Shylock is so powerful because he is the voice of Shakespeare himself. It argues that Shyl ... More

Keywords: Shylock, Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare, audience, humor, Heinrich Heine, Philip Roth, ambivalence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226309774
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226309927.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth Gross, author