Stephen Greenblatt

Aug 28, 2023

Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" Part 3: The Language

A Discussion with Stephen Greenblatt

New Books Network 2023

In Part 3, Professor Stephen Greenblatt offers close-readings of some of the play’s most significant scenes. You’ll get an in-depth look at the powerful relationship between Antonio and Bassanio, the climactic confrontation between Antonio and Shylock in the court, and the hard-edged poignancy of the play’s most famous speech: “Hath not a Jew eyes?” Speeches and performers: Antonio, 1.1, “I pray you, good Bassanio, let me know it …” (Scott Ripley) Shylock, 3.1, “He hath disgraced me …” (Ray Dooley) Portia, Antonio, and Shylock, 4.1, “Tarry a little …” (Katy Stephens)

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