Golems and Ghosts

Kenneth Gross

in Shylock Is Shakespeare

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780226309774
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226309927 | DOI:
Golems and Ghosts

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This chapter examines two more fully developed fictions of Shylock's afterlife to help clarify what is at stake when we reimagine such a creature. One of the most elaborate attempts to lend Shylock a life that continues beyond the confines of the play is the 1931 novel The Last Days of Shylock, written by Ludwig Lewisohn—a prolific but now mostly forgotten American novelist, scholar, and man of letters. Heinrich Heine also finds a later history and voice for Shylock that is the more sharply true for keeping him closer to home. The exiled poet gives us a Shylock who has never left Venice, surviving there to the writer's own time in a ghostly fashion.

Keywords: Shylock; afterlife; Ludwig Lewisohn; Heinrich Heine

Chapter.  5718 words. 

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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