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Re: Anyone Know Yiddish?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.042  Wednesday, 8 January 2003

[1]     From:   John W. Kennedy <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 07 Jan 2003 09:12:49 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.033 Re: Anyone Know Yiddish?

[2]     From:   Max Gutmann <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 7 Jan 2003 18:21:32 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.033 Re: Anyone Know Yiddish?


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From:           John W. Kennedy <
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Date:           Tuesday, 07 Jan 2003 09:12:49 -0500
Subject: 14.033 Re: Anyone Know Yiddish?
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.033 Re: Anyone Know Yiddish?

Michael A. Morrison <
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>The Jewish King Lear of 1892 was a sensation.

Note that "The Jewish King Lear" is no more Shakespeare than "Mourning
Becomes Electra" is Sophocles.

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From:           Max Gutmann <
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Date:           Tuesday, 7 Jan 2003 18:21:32 +0100
Subject: 14.033 Re: Anyone Know Yiddish?
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.033 Re: Anyone Know Yiddish?

>Obviously, whoever adapted the play would have cast Shylock in a
>favorable light -- compatible to the expectations of a Jewish audience.

Such adaptations may have been done, but there's nothing obvious about a
Jewish audience wanting to like Shylock. Modern viewers/readers who find
the play anti-Semitic don't object to the unfavorable depiction of
Shylock, but of his Jewishness. Any intelligent audience sees good
reasons not to like Shylock; an adaptation for a Jewish audience
probably wouldn't make his religion one of them.

Max Gutmann

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