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Shylock’s Mock Appeal

Howard Jacobson    Novelist and journalist

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“What ceremony else?” asks Laertes in Hamlet. This essay raises the same question as regards the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and recounts Jacobson’s experience of The Merchant of Venice events in Venice that year. In particular, he reviews the “Mock Appeal in the Matter of Shylock versus Antonio” held in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, presided by Ruth Bader Ginsburg observing that “there was both absurdity and gravitas in having the infamous bond dissected by experts in the field”.

Language: en

Published: June 10, 2021  
permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/978-88-6969-503-2/008

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