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Friday, March 27 • 08:00 - 17:00
[VIRTUAL] A Solution for the Stranger: Xenophobia and Nationalism in Shakespeare's Venetian Plays

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“How should the country handle immigrants?” proves a question not constricted to today or the United States but one with which sixteenth century England and Shakespeare wrestled. Through two of his Venetian plays, Shakespeare transports his audience to a cosmopolitan world of mythical diversity and seeks to advise England on its growing immigrant population. This paper argues that Shakespeare's Venetian Plays, Othello and The Merchant of Venice, work to combat xenophobia by offering a sympathetic portrayal of a multicultural Venice while maintaining support of English nationalism.


Friday March 27, 2020 08:00 - 17:00 EDT