Shakespeare, Religion and Beyond

Author: Robert F. Fleissner

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781453524794

Category: Religion

Page: 143

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A daring look into the art and technique of one of history’s most celebrated literary scholars, Shakespeare, Religion and Beyond is a detailed documentation on that attempt to shed light on a missing piece in a cryptic puzzle. As described by Robin L. Inboden, Ph.D. (Wittenberg University), “Fleissners’s book summarized, interrogates, and extends both long-held assumptions about Shakespeare’s work and newer claims alike. His speculative web of connections among plays, the life, the religion, and the literary inspirations of Shakespeare links the unexpected and thus suggests potentially fruitful avenues for further study.”

A Will to Believe

Shakespeare and Religion

Author: David Scott Kastan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199572895

Category: Drama

Page: 155

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A Will to Believe is a revised version of Kastan's 2008 Oxford Wells Shakespeare Lectures, providing a provocative account of the ways in which religion animates Shakespeare's plays.

Shakespeare & Religion

Author: Wilson Knight

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136487875

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 392

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First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Shakespeare and Religion

Author: Alison Shell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408143615

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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This book sets Shakespeare in the religious context of his times, presenting a balanced, up-to-date account of current biographical and critical debates, and addressing the fascinating, under-studied topic of how Shakespeare's writing was perceived by literary contemporaries - both Catholic and Protestant - whose priorities were more obviously religious than his own. It advances new readings of several plays, especially Hamlet, King Lear and The Winter's Tale; these draw in many cases on new and under-exploited contemporary analogues, ranging from conversion narratives, books of devotion and polemical pamphlets to manuscript drama and emblems. Shakespeare's writing has been seen both as profoundly religious, giving everyday human life a sacramental quality, and as profoundly secular, foreshadowing the kind of humanism that sees no necessity for God. This study attempts to reconcile these two points of view, describing a writer whose language is saturated in religious discourse and whose dramaturgy is highly attentive to religious precedent, but whose invariable practice is to subordinate religious matter to the particular aesthetic demands of the work in hand. For Shakespeare, as for few of his contemporaries, the Judaeo-Christian story is something less than a master narrative.

Shakespeare's Religious Language

A Dictionary

Author: R. Chris Hassel Jr.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472577299

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 480

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Religious issues and discourse are key to an understanding of Shakespeare's plays and poems. This dictionary discusses over 1000 words and names in Shakespeare's works that have a religious connotation. Its unique word-by-word approach allows equal consideration of the full nuance of each of these words, from 'abbess' to 'zeal'. It also gradually reveals the persistence, the variety, and the sophistication of Shakespeare's religious usage. Frequent attention is given to the prominence of Reformation controversy in these words, and to Shakespeare's often ingenious and playful metaphoric usage of them. Theological commonplaces assume a major place in the dictionary, as do overt references to biblical figures, biblical stories and biblical place-names; biblical allusions; church figures and saints.

Shakespeare’s Religious Frontier

Author: Robert Stevenson

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401538514

Category: Religion

Page: 97

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THIS slight volume is addressed not to Shakespearean special ists, but rather to the general public. My chief purpose has been to view Shakespeare's manipulation of his clergy. The last three chapters deal with ancillary problems. Two articles in this collection have already been published - "Shakespeare's Cardinals and Bishops" in The Crozer Quarterry, April, 1950; "Shakespeare's Interest in Harsnet's Declaration" in Publications of the Modern Language Association, September, 1952. I appreciate the Editors' permission to reprint these essays in the present volume. I also thank Professors Gerald Eades Bentley and Lily Bess Campbell for encourage ment and advice during the writing of the first, fifth, and last pieces in this collection. Neither is however to be held re sponsible for any errors discovered by reviewers. All of the essays in this volume except the first were written either at The Folger Shakespeare Library in 1950 or at The Huntington Library in 1952. I thank the directors and staffs of both libraries for their many exceptional kindnesses. Miss Mary Neighbour of Oxford has placed me further in her debt by typing the completed collection.

Shakespeare and Religious Change

Author: K. Graham,P. Collington

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230240852

Category: Religion

Page: 281

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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.

Shakespeare and Early Modern Religion

Author: David Loewenstein,Michael Witmore

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316239810

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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Written by an international team of literary scholars and historians, this collaborative volume illuminates the diversity of early modern religious beliefs and practices in Shakespeare's England, and considers how religious culture is imaginatively reanimated in Shakespeare's plays. Fourteen new essays explore the creative ways Shakespeare engaged with the multifaceted dimensions of Protestantism, Catholicism, non-Christian religions including Judaism and Islam, and secular perspectives, considering plays such as Hamlet, Julius Caesar, King John, King Lear, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Winter's Tale. The collection is of great interest to readers of Shakespeare studies, early modern literature, religious studies, and early modern history.

Religion Around Shakespeare

Author: Peter Iver Kaufman

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271063408

Category: Religion

Page: 264

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For years scholars and others have been trying to out Shakespeare as an ardent Calvinist, a crypto-Catholic, a Puritan-baiter, a secularist, or a devotee of some hybrid faith. In Religion Around Shakespeare, Peter Kaufman sets aside such speculation in favor of considering the historical and religious context surrounding his work. Employing extensive archival research, he aims to assist literary historians who probe the religious discourses, characters, and events that seem to have found places in Shakespeare’s plays and to aid general readers or playgoers developing an interest in the plays’ and playwright’s religious contexts: Catholic, conformist, and reformist. Kaufman argues that sermons preached around Shakespeare and conflicts that left their marks on literature, law, municipal chronicles, and vestry minutes enlivened the world in which (and with which) he worked and can enrich our understanding of the playwright and his plays.

Shakespeare and Religion

Early Modern and Postmodern Perspectives

Author: Kenneth S. Jackson,Arthur F. Marotti

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780268032708

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 306

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The topic of Shakespeare and religion is a perennial one, and the recent "turn to religion" in historical and literary scholarship has pushed it to the fore. Besides speculating about Shakespeare's personal religious beliefs and allegiance, historians and literary critics writing about early modern England are reexamining the religious dynamics of the period and emphasizing the ways in which old, new, and emerging religious cultures coexisted in conflicting hybrid and unstable forms. The contributors to Shakespeare and Religion: Early Modern and Postmodern Perspectives deal with the topic of Shakespeare and religion from two points of view not always considered complementary--that of the historical approach to Shakespearean drama in its early modern contexts, and that of postmodern philosophy and theology. The first illuminates the culture-specific features of the plays, whereas the second emphasizes their transhistorical qualities and the relevance of the deep religious and philosophical issues surfacing in early modern culture to contemporary religious struggles and awareness. "Religion has assumed a surprising centrality in contemporary Shakespeare studies, generating an abundance of historical insights alongside a burgeoning interest in the spiritual possibilities of the plays for us today. This collection eschews either take on the field, preferring a more comprehensive view. It brings together nearly all the people one would most want to read on the topic, and the essays are notable for their lively seriousness. Here, the topic of Shakespeare and religion is a burning brand with which to illuminate the past and the present. A stimulating book! -- Ewan Fernie, The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham "Shakespeare and Religion: Early Modern and Postmodern Perspectives is lively, provocative, and original, and sure to occupy an important scholarly place within ongoing efforts to reinterpret religion in Shakespeare's works and world. The authors push scholarship on religion and Shakespeare past new historicism in productive, compelling directions." --Phebe Jensen, Utah State University "This collection brings together a distinguished body of scholars to consider Shakespeare's treatment of religious issues, as read against his times and our own. its essays offer innovative, sharp, and sometimes startling revaluations of familiar texts and topics, likely to capture the interest of students as well as academic researchers. The recent 'turn to religion' in early modern literary studies, and the related move towards seeing Shakespeare as an author deeply engaged with religious matters, is powerfully exemplified in these pages." --Alison E. M. Shell, University College London

Theatre and Religion

Lancastrian Shakespeare

Author: Richard Dutton,Alison Gail Findlay,Richard Wilson

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719063633

Category: History

Page: 267

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This important collection of essays focuses on the place of Roman Catholicism in early modern England, bringing new perspectives to bear on the question of whether Shakespeare himself was Catholic. Among the many topics discussed are the nature of Elizabethan Catholicism, Jesuit drama in the period, individual plays in the light of these questions, and the possible influence of religious conflicts on the publication of the Shakespeare First Folio.

Secret Shakespeare

Studies in Theatre, Religion and Resistance

Author: Richard Wilson

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719070242

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 326

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

The New Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare

Author: Margreta De Grazia,Stanley Wells

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521886325

Category: Drama

Page: 360

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Twenty-one essays provide lively and authoritative approaches to the literary, historical, cultural and performative aspects of Shakespeare works.

Radical Religion from Shakespeare to Milton

Figures of Nonconformity in Early Modern England

Author: Kristen Poole

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521025447

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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The figure of the puritan has long been conceived as dour and repressive in character, an image which has been central to ways of reading sixteenth- and seventeenth-century history and literature. Kristen Poole's original study challenges this perception arguing that, contrary to current critical understanding, radical reformers were most often portrayed in literature of the period as deviant, licentious and transgressive. Through extensive analysis of early modern pamphlets, sermons, poetry and plays, the fictional puritan emerges as a grotesque and carnivalesque figure; puritans are extensively depicted as gluttonous, sexually promiscuous, monstrously procreating, and even as worshipping naked. By recovering this lost alternative satirical image, Poole sheds new light on the role played by anti-puritan rhetoric. Her book contends that such representations served an important social role, providing an imaginative framework for discussing familial, communal and political transformations that resulted from the Reformation.

Religion in the Age of Shakespeare

Author: Christopher Paul Baker

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313336362

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 244

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Offers an overview of religion during the time of Shakespeare; examines the major religious contexts and themes within Shakespeare's works; and surveys scholarship and criticism relating to religion and Shakespeare.

Shakespeare, the Earl, and the Jesuit

Author: John Klause

Publisher: Associated University Presse

ISBN: 9780838641378

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 339

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The name of the Jesuit Robert Southwell has been linked with Shakespeare's, but vaguely and tentatively. The name of Henry Wriothesley, 3rd earl of Southampton, has perennially been linked with Shakespeare's. This book offers reasons for believing in a relationship among these 3 men, who were kinsmen as their contemporaries understood the term.

The Unheard Prayer

Religious Toleration in Shakespeare's Drama

Author: Joseph Sterrett

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 900423005X

Category: Drama

Page: 224

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Repeatedly Shakespeare dramatizes one who prays when no one is listening, interested, or even there. This study reads the scenario parallel to early modern anxieties surrounding prayer itself, suggesting a vision of religious syncretism Shakespeare imagines for his world.