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The Early Modern Stage-Jew

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


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 is based on my doctoral thesis. The work could have not been done without the tremendous help of many people. First and foremost I want to thank my advisor Prof. Dr. Sonja Fielitz. It has been an honour to be her PhD student. I appreciate her valuable guidance, scholarly inputs, consistent encouragement, and the speed with which she got back to me for every problem I encountered. I especially want to thank her for the support she has shown me, which went beyond the scope of a supervisor. She has indeed lived up to the German term ‘Doktormutter’ in every aspect.

I also want to thank Prof. Dr. Martin Kuester for agreeing to be my second supervisor. His letter of recommendation for my application to the University of Oxford was extremely kind and certainly made a difference in the submission.

Many thanks go to Prof. Dr. Simon Palfrey, who acted as my supervisor during my time at Brasenose College, University of Oxford. Our discussions were very fruitful and provided me with many thought-provoking impulses.

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