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The Early Modern Stage-Jew

Heritage, Inspiration, and Concepts – With the first edition of Nathaniel Wiburne’s «Machiavellus»

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Saskia Zinsser-Krys

This book investigates the contemporary conceptions of the Jewish figure on the Elizabethan and Jacobean stage. Taking on what has been said about Shakespeare’s Shylock and Marlowe’s Barabas in the last centuries, the author analyses seven other, largely ignored plays to enhance the image we have today of the early modern stage-Jew. In tracing the image of Jewish figures in medieval literature and in early modern travel reports, the foundation of the Elizabethan idea of ‘Jewishness’ is laid out. Further, the author challenges some arguments which have become axiomatic over time, such as the notion of the red-haired, hook-nosed comical villain. The book also contains a first edition of the Latin university play «Machiavellus» by Nathaniel Wiburne, accomplished by Michael Becker and Saskia Zinsser-Krys.

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This book investigates contemporary perspectives on the Jewish figure in Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre. Stepping beyond critics’ fixation on Shakespeare’s Shylock and Marlowe’s Barabas over the last centuries, Saskia Zinsser-Krys analyses seven other, largely ignored plays, to enhance the image we now have of the Early Modern stage Jew. Through exploration of the Jewish figures in Medieval literature and in Early Modern travel reports, the fundamental notions behind the Elizabethan concept of ‘Jewishness’ come to light. Furthermore, the author challenges certain arguments which have become axiomatic over time, such as the idea of the red-haired, hook-nosed comical villain. Also included is the first edition of Nathaniel Wiburne’s Latin university play, Machiavellus, given by Michael Becker and Saskia Zinsser-Krys.

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