Episode 1 - Religiosity and Identity in The Merchant of Venice

Episode 1

Religiosity and Identity in The Merchant of Venice

Using Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice” as a foundation for discussion, this episode studies the historical moment in which Shakespeare was writing about Venetian religious and cultural composition, how Shakespeare grapples with religious and cultural identity and how the text of this controversial play written in 1596 can teach us about empathy, here in the 21st century.