Hamlet, Protestantism, and the Mourning of Contingency

Not to Be

Author: John E. Curran Jr

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317124030

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 278

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Building on current scholarly interest in the religious dimensions of the play, this study shows how Shakespeare uses Hamlet to comment on the Calvinistic Protestantism predominant around 1600. By considering the play's inner workings against the religious ideas of its time, John Curran explores how Shakespeare portrays in this work a completely deterministic universe in the Calvinist mode, and, Curran argues, exposes the disturbing aspects of Calvinism. By rendering a Catholic Prince Hamlet caught in a Protestant world which consistently denies him his aspirations for a noble life, Shakespeare is able in this play, his most theologically engaged, to delineate the differences between the two belief systems, but also to demonstrate the consequences of replacing the old religion so completely with the new.

Shakespeare the Illusionist

Magic, Dreams, and the Supernatural on Film

Author: Neil Forsyth

Publisher: Ohio University Press

ISBN: 0821446479

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

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In Shakespeare the Illusionist, Neil Forsyth reviews the history of Shakespeare’s plays on film, using the basic distinction in film tradition between what is owed to Méliès and what to the Lumière brothers. He then tightens his focus on those plays that include some explicit magical or supernatural elements—Puck and the fairies, ghosts and witches, or Prospero’s island, for example—and sets out methodically, but with an easy touch, to review all the films that have adapted those comedies and dramas, into the present day. Forsyth’s aim is not to offer yet another answer as to whether Shakespeare would have written for the screen if he were alive today, but rather to assess what various filmmakers and TV directors have in fact made of the spells, haunts, and apparitions in his plays. From analyzing early camera tricks to assessing contemporary handling of the supernatural, Forsyth reads Shakespeare films for how they use the techniques of moviemaking to address questions of illusion and dramatic influence. In doing so, he presents a bold step forward in Shakespeare and film studies, and his fresh take is presented in lively, accessible language that makes the book ideal for classroom use.

Shakespeare's Religious Allusiveness

Its Play and Tolerance

Author: Maurice Hunt

Publisher: Gower Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754639541

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 148

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Shakespeare's Religious Allusiveness complicates debates about whether Shakespeare's plays are fundamentally Protestant or Catholic in sympathy, challenging analyses that either find Protestant elements consistently undercutting Catholic motifs or, less often, discover evidence of the playwright's endorsement of Catholic doctrine and customs. In-depth discussions of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, the Second Henriad, All's Well That Ends Well, Twelfth Night, and Othello reveal how Shakespeare allusively integrates Reformation Protestant and Roman Catholic motifs and systems of thought. This book sheds new light on the playwright's knowledge of and interest in Elizabethan and Jacobean religious debates over the nature of spiritual reformation, the efficacy of merit for redemption and the operation of Providence. It will appeal not only to Shakespeare scholars but to those interested in the cultural history of the Reformation.

Ramus and Reform

University and Church at the End of the Renaissance

Author: James Veazie Skalnik

Publisher: New Odyssey Press


Category: Religion

Page: 172

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Educator and reformer Peter Ramus (1515-72) was known for his rash assaults on the most esteemed and cherished foundations of religion and learning in France. As a leading figure in both the French Reform and the University of Paris, and author of the pedagogical system known as "Ramism," he consistently promoted an ideology which would make status, influence, and authority dependent on talent and achievement, instead of on birth or wealth. His social ideal attracted a sizeable following and achieved some practical results during his lifetime, but after his death his reforms collapsed. In their place arose the hierarchical, oligarchic, and authoritarian society of Old Regime France. Skalnik presents fresh and solid research in this well-written volume.

Deadly Thought

Hamlet and the Human Soul

Author: Jan H. Blits

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739102152

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 405

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The human soul is for pre-modern philosophers the cause of both thinking and life. This double aspect of the soul, which makes man a rational animal, expresses itself above all in human action. Deadly Thought: "Hamlet" and the Human Soul traces Hamlet's famous inability to act to his inability to hold together these twin aspects of the soul. Combining careful attention to detail and interpretive breadth, noted scholar Jan H. Blits deftly illustrates how Hamlet collapses life into thought, and moral action into stage acting, and ultimately comes to see his own life as a stage play. Hamlet, the book demonstrates, epitomizes the intellectualism of the Renaissance and the modern age it began, and so becomes tragedy's first self-conscious protagonist, signaling the end of ancient tragedy. Erudite, innovative, and lively, Deadly Thought is a ground-breaking contribution that will appeal to Shakespeare scholars, political theorists, historians of philosophy, literary theorists and anyone interested in a truly fresh interpretation of this classic work.

Shakespeare and Religious Change

Author: Kenneth J. E. Graham,Philip D. Collington

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230213098

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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This balanced and innovative collection explores the relationship of Shakespeare's plays to the changing face of early modern religion, considering the connections between Shakespeare's theatre and the religious past, the religious identities of the present and the deep cultural changes that would shape the future of religion in the modern world.

Dynamism of Character in Shakespeare's Mature Tragedies

Author: Piotr Sadowski

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 9780874138467

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 327

View: 3127

The theory considers human behavior in terms of functional equilibrium between the stable properties of the mind, independent from the pressures of the sociocultural environment and the immediate situational context. What we call "character" thus denotes an autonomous configuration of psychological elements, which remains stable despite the changing external circumstances.

The Pathology of the English Renaissance

Sacred Remains and Holy Ghosts

Author: Elizabeth Mazzola

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004111950

Category: History

Page: 156

View: 9075

Challenging readings of Renaissance culture as an increasingly secular one, this work proposes instead that sacred symbols and practices still powerfully organized the English moral imagination, and that many ideas outlawed or forgotten by Protestant reformers shared a vital afterlife.

The Anti-Christ's Lewd Hat

Protestants, Papists and Players in Post-Reformation England

Author: Peter Lake,Michael C. Questier

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300088847

Category: History

Page: 731

View: 610

"The book takes us not merely to the print shops, book stalls and theatres, but also to the pulpits, prisons and executions of post-reformation England. The deployment of these gory tales to attract paying audiences in theatres, and customers for pamphlets, was matched by their exploitation by clerics to attract the same broad congregation. While the godly attacked the depravity of Grub Street and of the theatre, the press and the stage retaliated by the use of anti-puritan stereotypes and stories."--BOOK JACKET.

William Shakespeare's Hamlet

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Chelsea House


Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 211

View: 3269

Presents critical essays that discuss the language, characters, plot, and major themes of the tragedy.

Shakespeare, Machiavelli, and Montaigne

Power and Subjectivity from Richard II to Hamlet

Author: Hugh Grady,Professor of English Hugh Grady

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780199257607

Category: Drama

Page: 286

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From 1595-1600 Shakespeare dissected the workings of political power in the four histories of the Henriad and in Hamlet in ways which were remarkably parallel - and were perhaps influenced by - the ideas of the father of modern political analysis, Niccolo Machiavelli. However, the very sameplays simultaneously explored the dynamics of self- and identity-formation under new conditions of secular modernity, in the process producing such memorable characters as Richard II, Prince Hal, Falstaff, and Hamlet. Hugh Grady argues that in analyzing modern subjectivity, Shakespeare re-producednot the ideas of Machiavelli, but those of Michel de Montaigne, that Renaissance definer of shifting identities and subjectivities and of complexly formed, sceptical knowledge. In so doing, Shakespeare in effect contributes to the theoretical debates over power and subjectivity in literary andcultural studies at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

Virtue's Own Feature

Shakespeare and the Virtue Ethics Tradition

Author: David N. Beauregard

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 260

View: 9808

Using an historical approach, Virtue's Own Feature explores nine of Shakespeare's most successful works as representations of the passions, virtues, and vices as they are complexly and extensively set out by Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas. The work first undertakes to describe the late Elizabethan poetic of Sir Philip Sidney, which is demonstrated to be Shakespeare's poetic as well. Second, this study explores Shakespeare's plays in relation to the Aristotelian-Thomistic tradition of moral philosophy, one important branch of a major sixteenth-century philosophical tradition.

The Time is Out of Joint

Skepticism in Shakespeare's England

Author: Benjamin Bertram

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 9780874138856

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

View: 9825

The final decades of the sixteenth century brought tumultuous change in England. Bitter disputes concerning religious reformation divided Catholics and Protestants, radical reformers, and religious conservatives. The Church of England won the loyalty of many, but religious and political dissent continued. Social and economic change also created anxiety as social mobility, unemployment, riots, and rebellions exposed the weakness of an ideology of order. The Time is Out of Joint situates the work of four skeptics - Reginald Scot, Thomas Harriot, Christopher Marlowe, and William Shakespeare - within the context of religious and social change. These four writers responded to the dislocations of the newly formed Protestant nation by raising bold and often disturbing questions about religion and epistemology. The historical topics covered in this book - witchcraft debates, New World discovery, economic struggle, and religious reformation - reveal the diverse contexts in which skepticism appeared and the many contributions skepticism made to a nation undergoing radical change and in the process of re-thinking many of its longstanding basic assumptions.

Shakespeare's Feminine Endings

Disfiguring Death in the Tragedies

Author: Philippa Berry

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415068949

Category: Drama

Page: 197

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Philippa Berry draws on feminist theory, postmodern thought and queer theory, to challenge existing critical notions of what is fundamental to Shakespearean tragedy. She shows how, through a network of images clustered around feminine or feminized characters, these plays 'disfigure' conventional ideas of death as a bodily end, as their figures of women are interwoven with provocative meditations upon matter, time, the soul, and the body. The scope of these tragic speculations was radical in Shakespeare's day; yet they also have a surprising relevance to contemporary debates about time and matter in science and philosophy.

Re-presenting "Jane" Shore

Harlot and Heroine

Author: Maria Margaret Scott

Publisher: Gower Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754637400

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 141

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Re–Presenting "Jane" Shore analyzes the representation of the mistress of Edward IV of England, known to us as "Jane" Shore (c. 1445-c. 1527). The daughter of a well-to-do merchant, she left her merchant husband to become the king's concubine. After Edward's death, his brother, later Richard III, charged her with witchcraft and harlotry, prompting Thomas More to include her in his exposition of Richard's perfidies in The History of Richard III. Since then, Jane Shore has been a frequent subject of, among others, poets (Thomas Churchyard and Thomas Deloney), playwrights (Shakespeare and Nicholas Rowe), and novelists (Guy Padget and Jean Plaidy). Scott examines the anxiety in Anglo-American culture generated when sex and politics intersect, using the case of "Jane" Shore to show how history is compromised and complicated by context. In doing so, she reveals how women continue to be deployed as symbols rather than as actors on the larger stage of the drama that is politics.

Secret Shakespeare

Studies in Theatre, Religion and Resistance

Author: Richard Wilson

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719070242

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 326

View: 4269

Includes essays on Venus and Adonis, A midsummer night's dream, Othello, Macbeth, The tempest, Cardenio, and King Lear.