Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

"The Christian Will Turn Hebrew": Converting Shylock On Stage

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter outlines some historical analogies between Shylock and Othello as a means to measure the distance that separates Shylock, the most famous Jewish role, from Jewish theatre, meaning by that a site where all the complexities of Jewish experience and representation are addressed. The author's title plays on the closing moment of Act I when the bond of the pound of flesh has just been sealed and, as Shylock leaves the stage, Antonio comments: "The Hebrew will turn Christian: he grows kind". The instant in which the relationship between Jew and Christian appears to be at its most cordial becomes the occasion of an anti-Semitic slur that foreshadows Shylock's final conversion. In reversing that line - "The Christian will turn Hebrew" - the chapter poses the question of whether the product of an all-Christian culture can ever be "converted" to Jewishness when transferred from the page to the stage.

Keywords: Christian; Hebrew; historical analogies; Jewish theatre; Othello; Shylock

10.1163/ej.9789004173354.i-308.14
/content/books/10.1163/ej.9789004173354.i-308.14
dcterms_subject,pub_keyword
6
3
Loading

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    Jewish Theatre: A Global View — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation