n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - "News on the Rialto" : Shakespeare's Venice




Shakespeare set thirteen of his plays in Italy. Since he probably never visited the country, he shows only the vaguest notion of the topography of most of his Italian settings. However, the two plays set in Venice are notable exceptions. (composed around 1596-1597), and , the (probably written between 1601 and 1603) are not only distinguished by authentic 'local colour', but also convey the playwright's awareness of a certain image of Venice, both as it was presented by Italian historians, and as English visitors recorded their experiences of the city.


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