Welcome to a very special episode of Novel Ideas, featuring guest star Dr. Anthony Funari, an expert on renaissance literature. This week we discussed The Merchant of Venice by… William Shakespeare? Almost certainly. This episode was running long, so we went ahead and broke it into two parts, so you’ll have to tune in next week for the exciting conclusion. In part one, we cover concepts of racism and sexuality that didn’t even exist in 1600, as well as which characters in this play should (probably not) be portrayed by modern film characters. The spoiler alert is weaker than usual because this play is kind of old. That being said, the joke in the title won’t make sense until part two.
The music bump this week is “Overture to a Midsummer’s Night Dream” by Felix Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn, like Shylock, is Jewish (hope I didn’t need to spoiler tag that one) and this concert overture was written for a Shakespeare play, just not this one.