350:335:01 Literature and Law
Bedford Background Readings on The Merchant of Venice
Paper 2: Oral reports, Friday, March 5, 2010;
One paragraph, Due Wednesday, March 10, 2010

How does your reading in these contexts or background materials change or enlarge your understanding of one theme, situation, or detail in the text of the play? Be prepared to speak for two or three minutes in class Friday, March 5, on your discoveries. The very short paper is due Wednesday, March 10.

1. Introduction: (1-21)
2. Venice (2-5)
3. Finance (5-9)
4. Religion (9-15)
5. Love and gender (15-21)

6. Venice: (123-31)
7. Manners (167-72)
8. Munster (180-81)
9.Willett (183-86)

10. Finance (187-94)
11. Usury (188-89)
12. Jews (189-192)
13. Merchants (192-93)
14. Biblical laws ((193-194)
15. Coke (210-11),

16. Religion (241-49)
17. St, Paul (268-69),
18. Henry III (298-300)
19. Lopez (304-10)

20. Love and Gender (311-18)
21. Agrippa (332-34(
22. Plutarch (347-51).