Shakespeare and the Culture of Christianity in Early Modern England / Edition 2

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The question of Shakespeare's Catholic contexts has occupied many scholars in recent years, and their growing body of work has been enriched by revisionist accounts of the Reformation society and culture in which he lived and worked. This innovative book brings together sixteen original essays by leading scholars who examine Shakespeare's works in light of this new scholarship: their goal is to explore a possible interpretive consensus from Protestant, Catholic, and secular perspectives. Offering stimulating new approaches to traditional problems in Shakespeare studies, the essays provide a fully developed picture of Shakespeare's relation to the Reformation-in the light of newly unearthed religious contexts. From the monastic life in Measure for Measure to Puritanism in Hamlet , the essays offer fresh understandings of such themes as majority cultures, national self-definition, hidden trauma, and concealed identity. The contributors: Dennis Taylor, Richard Dutton, Katharine Goodland, Clare Asquith, Jean-Christophe Mayer, Timothy Rosendale, Gary D. Hamilton, Regina M. Buccola, John Klause, John Freeman, R. Chris Hassel Jr., Jennifer Rust, David Beauregard, Maurice Hunt, Lisa Hopkins, Richard Mallette, and Paula McQuade.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823222841
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2003
  • Series: Studies in Religion and Literature Series
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 451
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Taylor is Professor of English at Boston College, and has written extensively on religion and literature. David N. Beauregard , a priest of the Congregation of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, is Professor of English and Dean of Studies at Our Lady of Grace Seminary, Boston.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Shakespeare and the Reformation 1
1 The Comedy of Errors and The Columny of Apelles: An Exercise in Source Study 26
2 "Obsequious Laments": Mourning and Communal Memory in Shakespeare's Richard III 44
3 Oxford University and Love's Labour's Lost 80
4 Shakespeare's Religious Background Revisited: Richard II in a New Context 103
5 Sacral and Sacramental Kingship in the Lancastrian Tetralogy 121
6 Mocking Oldcastle: Notes Toward Exploring a Possible Catholic Presence in Shakespeare's Henriad 141
7 Shakespeare's Fairy Dance with Religio-Political Controversy in The Merry Wives of Windsor 159
8 Catholic and Protestant, Jesuit and Jew: Historical Religion in The Merchant of Venice 180
9 This Side of Purgatory Ghostly Fathers and the Recusant Legacy in Hamlet 222
10 Wittenberg and Melancholic Allegory: The Reformation and Its Discountents in Hamlet 260
11 The Accent and Gait of Christians: Hamlet's Puritan Style 285
12 Shakespeare on Monastic Life: Nuns and Friars in Measure for Measure 311
13 Helena and the Reformation Problem of Merit in All's Well That Ends Well 336
14 Paris Is Worth a Mass: All's Well That Ends Well and the Wars of Religion 369
15 Blasphemous Preacher: Iago and the Reformation 382
16 Love and Lies: Marital Truth-Telling, Catholic Casuistry, and Othello 415
Notes on Contributors 439
Index 443
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