“’Thou Call’dst me Dog before Thou Hadst a Cause’: Teologiska perspektiv på Köpmannen i Venedig”

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Harold Bloom writes "One would have to be blind, deaf and dumb not to recognize that Shakespeare's equivocal comedy The Merchant of Venice is nevertheless a profoundly anti-Semitic work" (Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, 171). This article examines the role which theological discourse plays in The Merchant of Venice. It also addressess the issue whether and under what circumstances Shakespeare's play could / should be played in our post-Holocaust era. The article is based upon a lecture in Stockhom at a symposium which analysed The Merchant of Venice from different angles.


  • Jesper Svartvik
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Religious Studies


  • Shylock, Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare, anti-Semitism, anti-Judaism, Augustine, the Holocaust, Martin Luther
Original languageSwedish
Title of host publicationShakespeares Shylock och antisemitismen
EditorsWillmar Sauter, Yael Feiler
PublisherStockholm University
ISBN (Print)91-86434-30-6
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (015017000)