Shakespeare's Cure For Xenophobia : What “The Merchant of Venice” taught me about ethnic hatred and the literary imagination by Stephen Greenblatt
This article has been published on the New Yorker website. It begins:
I attended university in a very different world from the one in which I now teach and live. For a start, Yale College, which I entered in 1961, was all male. Women were not matriculated until five years after I had received my B.A. degree. Among the undergraduates, there were only a handful of students from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, and very few African-Americans, Asian-Americans, or Hispanics, unless one counted a couple of prep-school-educated heirs to grand South American fortunes.