“Shylock is Dead”: Shakespeare In and Beyond the Ghetto
This essay relates the genesis of the project that led to the first performance of The Merchant of Venice in the Ghetto of Venice in 2016, the year of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the Ghetto, the site that provided the world with the concept of the ‘ghetto’. The essay puts the relationship between Shakespeare and the Ghetto in historical perspective, starting from W.D. Howells’s visit to the Ghetto in the 1860s, through the point of view of a young Jewish Italian admirer of Shakespeare before and during Fascism, to the post-War transformations of the Ghetto and the present day.
keywords: Ghetto. Shylock. Venice. Antisemitism. Heritage. Holocaust. Memory.
Language: enPublished: June 10, 2021