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Research Statement

Post-Shoah Shylocks: Adapting The Merchant of Venice for Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Audiences

 

In spite of the anti-Semitic sentiments scattered throughout the play, The Merchant of Venice remains, even after the Holocaust, one of the most popular and frequently performed works from the Shakespeare canon. Although much has already been written on the play's anti-Semitism, Shylock, and various individual productions, a comprehensive study of the Holocaust's impact on performances remains untouched. My PhD project, then, traces how Jewish identity has changed since the Holocaust, and how this change has irrevocably altered the representation of Shylock and Jewish persecution in Shakespeare performance.

 

Teaching

During the 2016/2017 academic year, I ran tutorials and delivered lectures on The Merchant of Venice for the 'Introduction to Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama' module.

During the Spring 2020 term, I ran seminars for the Stage 3 Module, 'Unruly Women: Shakespearean Anti-heroines in Contemporary Adaptations'.

Other

Education

BA in Classics (Baylor University, 2008)

MLitt in Shakespeare Studies (University of St Andrews, 2010)

 

Prizes

Amy Elizabeth Cariello Scholarship

Cynthia May Martin (Recipient), 2006

Prize: Other distinction

Italy
English Studies

Folger Shakespeare Library Grant-in-Aid

Cynthia May Martin (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Other distinction

Funding
William Shakespeare
Colloquium

Fondazione Giorgio Cini Travel Scholarship

Cynthia May Martin (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Other distinction

Funding
Summer School
William Shakespeare

Provost’s Baylor Scholarship

Cynthia May Martin (Recipient), 2005

Prize: Other distinction

Activities 2015 2019

  • 5 Participation in conference
  • 2 Other
  • 1 Participation in Festival/Exhibition

BritGrad Conference

Cynthia May Martin (Participant)
06 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

British Shakespeare Association Conference, Belfast

Cynthia May Martin (Participant)
15 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

'Shakespeare and the Jews' Conference

Cynthia May Martin (Participant)
30 Mar 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

'Othello's Island' Annual Conference

Cynthia May Martin (Participant)
18 Mar 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference