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A Will to BelieveShakespeare and Religion$
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David Scott Kastan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199572892

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572892.001.0001

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Conversion and Cosmopolitism

Conversion and Cosmopolitism

(p.82) 4 Conversion and Cosmopolitism
A Will to Believe

David Scott Kastan

Oxford University Press

The chapter begins with an account of how religion forms as a conceptual category in early modern England, and goes on to consider Shakespeare’s two Venice plays, The Merchant of Venice and Othello, with their two alien figures that challenge the sophisticated form of cosmopolitanism, which did indeed mark early modern Venice’s own self definition. The chapter focuses in large part on the issue of conversion: Shylock is ordered to convert to Christianity as the condition of the “mercy” he is shown in the trial scene, and Othello, seemingly a willing convert to Christianity, ends with a complex identification with the Islamic Ottoman threat, from which he is charged to protect Venice.

Keywords:   religion, Christianity, Islam, alien, Venice, Shylock, conversion, cosmopolitanism, The Merchant of Venice, Othello

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