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At a time when Jews were forbidden from living in England, Shakespeare's portrayal of a Jew is shaped by complex influences, and reaches beyond stereotypical prejudices in subtle and surprising ways.

Shakespeare and the Jews

Shakespeare and the Jews

Analyzing the portrayal of Shylock within its historical and cultural context

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Shakespeare and the Jews: Analyzing the portrayal of Shylock within its historical and cultural context

At a time when Jews were forbidden from living in England, Shakespeare's portrayal of a Jew is shaped by complex influences, and reaches beyond stereotypical prejudices in subtle and surprising ways.
Jonathan Bate is Provost of Worcester College and Professor of English Literature in the University of Oxford. In addition to being a scholar of renown, he is also well known for his work as a biographer, critic, broadcaster, novelist and playwright. In the 2015 New Years Honours list, he was knighted for his services to literature.
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