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

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

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

The question of Shakespeare's Catholic contexts has occupied many scholars in recent years, and their growing body of critical and historical work has been enriched by revisionist accounts of the Reformation society and culture in which Shakespeare 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 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 culture, national self-definition, hidden trauma, and concealed identity. Enriched by a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches and featuring illuminating readings of representative works in all genres, Shakespeare and the Culture of Christianity in Early Modern England will be a valuable critical resource for students and scholars in literature, poetry, theater, religious studies, and the culture of Reformation England.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823222834
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 11/11/2003
Series: Studies in Religion and Literature Series
Edition description: 2
Pages: 451
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Shakespeare and the Reformation1
1.The Comedy of Errors and The Calumny of Apelles: An Exercise in Source Study26
2."Obsequious Laments": Mourning and Communal Memory in Shakespeare's Richard III44
3.Oxford University and Love's Labour's Lost80
4.Shakespeare's Religious Background Revisited: Richard II in a New Context103
5.Sacral and Sacramental Kingship in the Lancastrian Tetralogy121
6.Mocking Oldcastle: Notes Toward Exploring a Possible Catholic Presence in Shakespeare's Henriad141
7.Shakespeare's Fairy Dance with Religio-Political Controversy in The Merry Wives of Windsor159
8.Catholic and Protestant, Jesuit and Jew: Historical Religion in The Merchant of Venice180
9.This Side of Purgatory: Ghostly Fathers and the Recusant Legacy in Hamlet222
10.Wittenberg and Melancholic Allegory: The Reformation and Its Discontents in Hamlet260
11.The Accent and Gait of Christians: Hamlet's Puritan Style285
12.Shakespeare on Monastic Life: Nuns and Friars in Measure for Measure311
13.Helena and the Reformation Problem of Merit in All's Well That Ends Well336
14.Paris Is Worth a Mass: All's Well That Ends Well and the Wars of Religion369
15.Blasphemous Preacher: Iago and the Reformation382
16.Love and Lies: Marital Truth-Telling, Catholic Casuistry, and Othello415
Notes on Contributors439

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