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Blood Relations
Blood Relations (Large Print)
Christian and Jew in The Merchant of Venice
by Janet Adelman
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Published on: 12 November 2010
Categories Literature, Drama
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Our Price: US$37.99
 

Volume(s): 1
Format Details: 16pt, Verdana
ISBN(s): 9781459605619
Editorial Reviews

·        “A work of stunning bravery and amplitude. We owe a debt of gratitude to Janet Adelman’s writing for the riches of its results.” —Stanley Cavell, Harvard University

·        “This book is well positioned to be the most important book-length study of The Merchant of Venice in all of the available scholarship. No one today is writing more trenchant criticism than Adelman. Her study of this deeply problematic play is fair and judicious while also passionately involved, learned and wide ranging while also attuned to painful moral issues.” —David Bevington, University of Chicago

·        “Janet Adelman’s brilliant book illuminates the pressing problem of social hatred with incredibly insightful analyses of the interior dimension of that hatred as well as the exterior demand of conversion. The book demonstrates why this play''s exposure of the terrible ‘knowledge we cannot bring ourselves to know’ has such deep cultural resonance.” —Regina Schwartz, Northwestern University

About the Book
In Blood Relations' Janet Adelman confronts her resistance to The Merchant of Venice as both a critic and a Jew. With her distinctive psychological acumen' she argues that Shakespeares play frames the uneasy relationship between Christian and Jew specifically in familial terms in order to recapitulate the vexed familial relationship between Christianity and Judaism. Adelman locates the promise - threat - of Jewish conversion as a particular site of tension in the play. Drawing on a variety of cultural materials' she demonstrates that' despite the triumph of its Christians' The Merchant of Venice reflects Christian anxiety and guilt about its simultaneous dependence on and disavowal of Judaism. In this startling psycho - theological analysis' both the insistence that Shylocks daughter Jessica remain racially bound to her father after her conversion and the depiction of Shylock as a bloody - minded monster are understood as antidotes to Christian uneasiness about a Judaism it can neither own nor disown. In taking seriously the religious discourse of The Merchant of Venice' Adelman offers in Blood Relations an indispensable book on the play and on the fascinating question of Jews and Judaism in Renaissance England and beyond.
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