The Jew of Malta (Google eBook)

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Broadview Press, Dec 2, 2011 - Drama - 290 pages
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First performed by Shakespeare's rivals in the 1590s, Christopher Marlowe's The Jew of Malta was a trend-setting, innovative play whose black comedy and final tragic irony illuminate the darker regions of the Elizabethan cultural imagination. Although Jews were banished from England in 1291, the Jew in the form of Barabas, the play's protagonist, returns on the stage to embody and to challenge the dramatic and cultural anti-Semitic stereotypes out of which he is constructed. The result is a theatrically sophisticated but deeply unsettling play whose rich cultural significance extends beyond the early modern period to the present day. The introduction and historical documents in this edition provide a rich context for the world of the play's composition and production, including materials on Jewishness and anti-Semitism, the political struggles over Malta, and Christopher Marlowe's personal and political reputation.
  

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The plot is full of deceit, betrayal and revenge. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Sohaib Malkawi - Goodreads

So it's all about a bunch of folks toying around with their RELIGIONS in hopes of getting more cash! Some scenes were amusing, yet a lot were boring and lacked vividness, other scenes came by as ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael Mingo - Goodreads

There is no land of concentrated evil quite like Marlowe's Malta. Lecherous friars, blatantly unjust rulers, duplicitous slaves, and to top it all off, Barabas. Everyone on the island is at least ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Introduction
9
A Brief Chronology of His Life and Times
41
A Note on the Text
45
The Jew of Malta
47
Jewishness in Marlowes England
191
Rhodes Malta and EuropeanOttoman Relations
227
Machiavellianism
245
Marlowes Reputation
265
Works Cited and Further Reading
279
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Mathew R. Martin is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Brock University.

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