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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

Martin, Cynthia May (Recipient), 2006

Prize: Other distinction

  • Folger Shakespeare Library Grant-in-Aid

    Martin, Cynthia May (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Fondazione Giorgio Cini Travel Scholarship

    Martin, Cynthia May (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Provost’s Baylor Scholarship

    Martin, Cynthia May (Recipient), 2005

    Prize: Other distinction

    Activities

    • 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