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Gail Kern Paster—Merchant of Venice

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Shakespeare in Film

March 4: Controversy and Revenge

A portrait of anti-Semitism and Jewish vengefulness, The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare’s most controversial plays. Earlier audiences understood its central characters in strikingly different terms. Is Shylock a murderous villain or a persecuted patriarch? How should we understand the Venetians’ hostility towards Shylock as a usurer? This lecture highlights the changes in attitudes towards the central figures in this complex and fascinating play.

Join Director Emerita of the Folger Shakespeare Library Gail Kern Paster as she examines The Merchant of Venice in Artis—Naples’ Shakespeare in Film series.

March 1: The Merchant of Venice (Movie Preview)

Prior to attending Gail Kern Paster’s “Controversy and Revenge” lecture on March 4, join your fellow Shakespeare in Film participants for a screening of The Merchant of Venice (2004), starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes, on the Artis—Naples campus.

Tickets include both days, lecture and movie preview.

Gail Kern Paster

Gail Kern Paster

Gail Kern Paster is Director Emerita of the Folger Shakespeare Library. She has won many national fellowships and awards, including fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, National Endowment from the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Mellon Foundation. She was named to the Queen’s Honours List as a Commander of the British Empire in May 2011.

She is the author of numerous scholarly articles and three books—The Idea of the City in the Age of Shakespeare, The Body Embarrassed: Drama and the Disciplines of Shame in Early Modern England and Humoring the Body: Emotions and the Shakespearean Stage. Dr. Paster has been a trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America and served as President of that organization in 2003. She was recently elected to the Board of Governors of the Folger Shakespeare Library.


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