The Merchant of Venice
Edited by John W. Mahon, Ellen Macleod Mahon
Routledge – 2002 – 480 pages
Series: Shakespeare Criticism
This volume is a collection of all-new original essays covering everything from feminist to postcolonial readings of the play as well as source queries and analyses of historical performances of the play.
"The introductory overview of "The Fortunes of The Merchant of Venice from 1596-2001" alone is worth the price of the volume. In it, John Mahon surveys the major cruxes of the play with a clarity and an erudition that come from impressively wide reading. Nearly 100 pages and with a bibliography of 150 items, this survey is more comprehensive and judicious than the critical introductions one finds in the most scholarly editions of the play." -- James Bulman, The Shakespeare Newsletter
"Many of the seventeen essays, skillfully arranged by the editors, are both informative and provocative. Oppositional readings encourage one to view the play afresh." -- James Bulman, The Shakespeare Newsletter
"Few of Shakespeare's plays trouble us now quite as much as The Merchant of Venice. Post-Holocaust, the play seems to have changed irrevocably. John and Ellen Mahon's fine collection of new critical essays brings a host of new insights into the play and its disturbing cultural history, helping us to think afresh about the difficult demands the play makes of its audiences and readers"." -- Professor Peter Holland, Director, The Shakespeare Institute, The University of Birmingham, UK.
Volume 53, No. 3
"This volume will afford all students of the play--with abundant resources and much thought-provoking material. The volume clearly stands as a valuable addition to our various understandings of the play." -- Paul J. Voss, Christianity and Literature
John Mahon is Professor of English at Iona College and Editor of the Shakespeare Newsletter. He received his PhD. in English from Columbia University.
Ellen Mahin is Assistant Professor of English at Iona College. She attended NYU and received her PhD. in English from Fordham University.