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Re: Anyone Know Yiddish?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.066  Tuesday, 14 January 2003

[1]     From:   Dana Shilling <
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        Date:   Monday, 13 Jan 2003 10:39:37 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.057 Re: Anyone Know Yiddish?

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        Date:   Monday, 13 Jan 2003 13:10:49 -0500
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[3]     From:   Evelyn Gajowski <
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        Date:   Monday, 13 Jan 2003 10:12:48 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.057 Re: Anyone Know Yiddish?

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        Date:   Monday, 13 Jan 2003 18:35:38 -0500
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[5]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Monday, 13 Jan 2003 18:39:01 -0800
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From:           Dana Shilling <
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Date:           Monday, 13 Jan 2003 10:39:37 -0500
Subject: 14.057 Re: Anyone Know Yiddish?
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.057 Re: Anyone Know Yiddish?

If the original inquirer is in/can get to/can have someone go to NYC, as
of Saturday the main branch of The Strand [very large used bookstore]
had not one but two copies of Joel Berkowitz' "Shakespeare on the
American Yiddish Stage" (Iowa 2002) for $16.47 (i.e., about half price)

Dana Shilling

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From:           C. David Frankel
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Date:           Monday, 13 Jan 2003 13:10:49 -0500
Subject: 14.057 Re: Anyone Know Yiddish?
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.057 Re: Anyone Know Yiddish?

>I have been both persuaded and charmed by Rene Girard's reading of MV
>(in Theatre of Envy), in which he points out the large number of
>references made by the "Christians" to money, and buying, selling,
>trading and gambling on people.
>
>His theory is that, as Shakespeare had to both keep please the pit, and
>impress his clever-clever poet friends, he wrote a play that was pitched
>at two levels at once. The groundlings got their Jewish villain, to keep
>them happy, while the more sophisticated audience members saw how the
>Venetians were being satirized as every bit as voracious for their pound
>of flesh as Shylock, just less honest about it. Shakespeare's inner
>circle would have noticed that most of the lines suggesting avarice,
>materialism, and obsession with money actually come out of the mouths of
>the "Christians", not the Jew.
>
>It's a thought.
>
>anna.

One of the ideas that seems to run through Shakespeare's plays is the
damage that occurs when human relationships are reduced to terms of
money and ownership.

cdf

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From:           Evelyn Gajowski <
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Date:           Monday, 13 Jan 2003 10:12:48 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 14.057 Re: Anyone Know Yiddish?
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.057 Re: Anyone Know Yiddish?

Don Wayne, among others, has noted the varying representations of
Shylock in theatre history -- ranging from the sentimentalized,
idealized Victorian victim of Henry Irving, to reactions against it in
the first two decades of C20, to a more repulsive, malevolent figure in
the 1920s -- all of which he relates to changing demographics ("Power,
Politics, and the Shakespearean Text," n. 10, *Shakespeare Reproduced*).

Perhaps it would also be useful to keep in mind James Shapiro's book,
*Shakespeare and the Jews*, in this connection, as well as Robert
Ornstein's work, Jay Halio's work, and M. Lindsay Kaplan's 2002
Bedford/St. Martin's edition, which includes historical documents and
discussions of the status of Jews in chapters titled "Venice,"
"Finance," and "Religion."

Evelyn Gajowski
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Date:           Monday, 13 Jan 2003 18:35:38 -0500
Subject: 14.057 Re: Anyone Know Yiddish?
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.057 Re: Anyone Know Yiddish?

Larry Weiss <
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>The Globe did only one M/V, so I assume that Dr. Greenberg saw the same
>one I saw.  But it did not appear "odiously antisemitic" to me.

Not to me, nor to my wife, whose judgment in this case I take a good
deal more seriously than my own, both because I had been in a
"Merchant", myself, only a few weeks earlier, and because she is Jewish.

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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Monday, 13 Jan 2003 18:39:01 -0800
Subject: 14.057 Re: Anyone Know Yiddish?
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.057 Re: Anyone Know Yiddish?

If memory serves, my friend Michael Morrison mentioned *Shakespeare on
the American Yiddish Stage* by Joel Berkowitz several days ago.  I have
belatedly received my copy of the Autumn issue of *Around the Globe*, #
22, which has a appreciative review on page 48.  The reviewer, David
Jays, finds the book *captivating* but feels the author should have gone
much deeper into his subject.

All the best,
Mike Jensen

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