Shakespeares Christian Dimension

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"An impressive collection of ninety-two abridged essays identifying the Christian elements in Shakespeare’s plays... a great feast of learning and beauty." —First Things

"This is an exceptionally valuable book... very highly recommended" —Sixteenth Century Journal

"... an exemplary work. In an age when footling matters often replace the great religious quandaries about what it means to live and die before God, 'Shakespeare’s Christian Dimension helps restore our focus." —Pro Ecclesia

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Overview

"An impressive collection of ninety-two abridged essays identifying the Christian elements in Shakespeare’s plays... a great feast of learning and beauty." —First Things

"This is an exceptionally valuable book... very highly recommended" —Sixteenth Century Journal

"... an exemplary work. In an age when footling matters often replace the great religious quandaries about what it means to live and die before God, 'Shakespeare’s Christian Dimension helps restore our focus." —Pro Ecclesia

This anthology reprints abridged versions of 92 critical commentaries on the influence of Shakespeare’s Christian heritage on the shaping of his plays. It does not attempt to be exhaustive in its coverage, but to provide a useful sampling of valuable work. A supplementary bibliography of more than 250 further items encourages interested readers to further exploration.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253311221
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1994
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Pages: 536
  • Sales rank: 896,446
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

ROY BATTENHOUSE was educated at Yale University and taught for nine years in theological schools before joining Indiana University’s English department in 1950. His published books on Marlowe, on St. Augustine, and on Shakespeare, along with many articles, have made him widely known as a spokesman for the interrelations of religion and literature.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: An Overview of Christiam Interpretation

Part I Some Key Assessments

Part II On Shakespeare’s Comedies
Introduction
The Comedy of Errors
The Merchant of Venice
Much Ado About Nothing
As You Like It
Twelfth Night
All’s Well That Ends Well
Measure for Measure
Pericles
Cymbeline
The Winter’s Tale
The Tempest

Part III On Shakespeare’s Histories
Introduction
Richard II
Henry IV, Parts 1,2
Henry V
Henry VI, Parts 1,2,3
Richard III

Part IV On Shakespeare’s Tragedies
Romeo and Juliet
Hamlet
Othello
Troilus and Cressida
King Lear
Macbeth
Antony and Cleopatra

Indiana University Press

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