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 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 and Early Modern Religion

Author: David Loewenstein,Michael Witmore

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110702661X

Category: Drama

Page: 317

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This volume freshly illuminates the diversity of early modern religious beliefs, practices and issues, and their representation in Shakespeare's plays.

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 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

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.”

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.

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's Unreformed Fictions

Author: Gillian Woods

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199671265

Category: Drama

Page: 239

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Shakespeare's Unreformed Fictions asks why Catholicism had such an imaginative hold on Shakespearean drama, even though the on-going Reformation outlawed its practice. Concentrating on dramatic impact, and integrating literary analysis with fresh historical research, Gillian Woods offers a new and engaging answer to this important question.

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.

Shakespeare's Hybrid Faith

History, Religion and the Stage

Author: J. Mayer

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230595898

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 235

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This book throws new light on the issue of the dramatist's religious orientation by dismissing sectarian and one-sided theories, tackling the problem from the angle of the variegated Elizabethan context recently uncovered by modern historians and theatre scholars. It is argued that faith was a quest rather than a quiet certainty for the playwright.

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.

Shakespeare's God

The Role of Religion in the Tragedies

Author: Ivor Morris

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415353243

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 496

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First published in 1972. Shakespeare's God investigates whether a religious interpretation of Shakespeare's tragedies is possible. The study places Christianity's commentary on the human condition side by side with what tragedy reveals about it. This pattern is identified using the writings of Christian thinkers from Augustine to the present day. The pattern in the chief phenomena of literary tragedy is also traced

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.

Shakespeare and the Culture of Christianity in Early Modern England

Author: Dennis Taylor,David N. Beauregard

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 9780823222841

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 451

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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.

Mortal Thoughts

Religion, Secularity, & Identity in Shakespeare and Early Modern Culture

Author: Brian Cummings

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199677719

Category: Art

Page: 367

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Mortal Thoughts is a study of the question of human identity in the early modern period. It examines literature (Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton) alongside emerging forms of life writing (More, Foxe, and Montaigne) and also life drawing and self-portraits (Dürer, Hans Baldung Grien). It questions the religious and secular divide, and the way that historical narratives are poised around the concept of secularization. It does so by examining mortalityand the moment of death. A series of chapters examine religious, philosophical and literary concepts such as conscience, martyrdom, soliloquy, chance, suicide and embodiment. Mortal Thoughts is a study in literaryand artistic history which also challenges assumptions in the history of philosophy and religion.

Texts and Traditions

Religion in Shakespeare 1592 - 1604

Author: Beatrice Groves

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199208980

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 231

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This book explores Shakespeare's engagement with the religious culture of his time. It unearths previously unrecognised allusions to the Bible and the liturgy as well as to the medieval mystery plays. It argues that we need to unravel the interpretative possibilities of these religious nuances in order to understand these ostensibly secular plays.

Shakespeare and the Resistance

The Earl of Southampton, the Essex Rebellion, and the Poems that Challenged Tudor Tyranny

Author: Clare Asquith

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 1568588119

Category: History

Page: 288

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Shakespeare's largely misunderstood narrative poems contain within them an explosive commentary on the political storms convulsing his country The 1590s were bleak years for England. The queen was old, the succession unclear, and the treasury empty after decades of war. Amid the rising tension, William Shakespeare published a pair of poems dedicated to the young Earl of Southampton: Venus and Adonis in 1593 and The Rape of Lucrece a year later. Although wildly popular during Shakespeare's lifetime, to modern readers both works are almost impenetrable. But in her enthralling new book, the Shakespearean scholar Clare Asquith reveals their hidden contents: two politically charged allegories of Tudor tyranny that justified-and even urged-direct action against an unpopular regime. The poems were Shakespeare's bestselling works in his lifetime, evidence that they spoke clearly to England's wounded populace and disaffected nobility, and especially to their champion, the Earl of Essex. Shakespeare and the Resistance unearths Shakespeare's own analysis of a political and religious crisis which would shortly erupt in armed rebellion on the streets of London. Using the latest historical research, it resurrects the story of a bold bid for freedom of conscience and an end to corruption that was erased from history by the men who suppressed it. This compelling reading situates Shakespeare at the heart of the resistance movement.

What was the Religion of Shakespeare?

Author: M. M. Mangasarian

Publisher: Dead Dodo Religion via PublishDrive

ISBN: 1508027838

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 26

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Dodo Collections brings you another classic from M. M. Mangasarian, ‘What was the Religion of Shakespeare?’ It is by observing the frequency and emphasis with which certain views and expressions occur and reoccur in an author, and the consistency with which they are given the preference, that we may be able to generalize as to his philosophy or religion. As Shakespeare's works are neither a treatise on theology nor a manual of philosophy, our only means of discovering his attitude toward the problems of life and destiny is by reading, as it were, between the lines. A great mind can neither sophisticate nor suppress its earnest convictions. This does not mean that anyone with earnest convictions must necessarily be a propagandist. To think and to let think, represents a state of mind which is entirely consistent, both with enthusiasm and toleration, if not with proselytism. We believe that Shakespeare has unmistakably expressed himself on the subject of religion, as he has on that of patriotism, for instance, but without any missionary zeal, which fact has led not a few students of his works to the conclusion that of all the great poets Shakespeare is the only one without a religion. During his life Mangasarian wrote a number of books. His most popular, including The Truth About Jesus — Is He a Myth? (1909) andThe Bible Unveiled (1911), deal with the evidence against the existence of an historical Jesus. He also wrote hundreds of essays and lectures on questions of the times. His books and essays were translated into French, German, Spanish, and other foreign languages. The general subject of his writing was religious criticism and the philosophy of religion.

The Guild and Guild Buildings of Shakespeare's Stratford

Society, Religion, School and Stage

Author: Professor J R Mulryne

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409473155

Category: Architecture

Page: 292

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The guild buildings of Shakespeare’s Stratford represent a rare instance of a largely unchanged set of buildings which draw together the threads of the town’s civic life. With its multi-disciplinary perspectives on this remarkable group of buildings, this volume provides a comprehensive account of the religious, educational, legal, social and theatrical history of Stratford, focusing on the sixteenth century and Tudor Reformation. The essays interweave with one another to provide a map of the complex relationships between the buildings and their history. Opening with an investigation of the Guildhall, which served as the headquarters of the Guild of the Holy Cross until the Tudor Reformation, the book explores the building’s function as a centre of local government and community law and as a place of entertainment and education. It is beyond serious doubt that Shakespeare was a school boy here, and the many visits to the Guildhall by professional touring players during the latter half of the sixteenth-century may have prompted his acting and playwriting career. The Guildhall continues to this day to house a school for the education of secondary-level boys. The book considers educational provision during the mid sixteenth century as well as examining the interaction between touring players and the everyday politics and social life of Stratford. At the heart of the volume is archaeological and documentary research which uses up-to-date analysis and new dendrochronological investigations to interpret the buildings and their medieval wall paintings as well as proposing a possible location of the school before it transferred to the Guildhall. Together with extensive archival research into the town’s Court of Record which throws light on the commercial and social activities of the period, this rich body of research brings us closer to life as it was lived in Shakespeare’s Stratford.