Shylock, Friends and Foes: Antisemitism and Philosemitism in England

Out of Avraham Oz's recent production/adaptation of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice at the Alfa Theatre of Performing Arts, Tel Aviv (2016) came this talk about the origins of Shylock in Britain, both the pioneering land of expulsion of Jews and blood libels against them, and of admiration for, and adherence of Jewish history, language and thought to the point of the British regarding themselves as the spiritual decendants of ancient Israelites. The lecture focuses on subjects like the first emigration of Jews into England with William of Normandy ("The Conqueror"), their expulsion from England two centuries later, the myths and archetypal imges of them during their 350 years of absence from the British Isles, and their ambiguous reception upon their return.


Professor Avraham Oz is an internationally renowned expert on Shakespeare and Marlowe; formerly Head of the Theatre Department at Tel Aviv University and founding Head of the Department of Theatre at the University of Haifa, co-artistic director of the Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv and chief dramaturge of the Haifa Theatre; Visiting Professor in England and USA; Editor of scholarly journal and cultural programs on Radio and TV; Translator of plays and operas by Shakespeare, Brecht, Pinter and others, and a resident director at the Alfa Theatre of Performing Arts, Tel Aviv.


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Lecture

19 February, 2019