The Jew of Malta
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The introduction and historical documents in this edition provide a rich context for the world of the play’s composition and production, including materials on Jewishness and anti-Semitism, the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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - TiffanyAK - LibraryThing
I actually read an online version of this text provided by my teacher as part of my Introduction to Drama course, so this is not the same version I'm writing about, but is the same work. In many ways ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - AlCracka - LibraryThing
Like Merchant of Venice, which shamelessly ripped this play off, but so much nastier. And, yes, horribly anti-Semitic. I'm not giving five stars to that part. I sometimes imagine how pissed off ... Read full review