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Shakespeare and early modern religion

Author: David Loewenstein; Michael Witmore
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
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"Shakespeare and Early Modern Religion contains contributions from both literary scholars and historians of religion; as such, it is a cross-disciplinary volume that illuminates Shakespeare's plays and the early modern religious beliefs that circulated in Shakespeare's England. Most notably, this volume explores Shakespeare's creative engagement with early modern religious culture, but it does so without assuming  Read more...
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Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Loewenstein; Michael Witmore
ISBN: 9781107026612 110702661X
OCLC Number: 887855894
Notes: "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 multi-faceted 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Description: xi, 317 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction / David Loewenstein and Michael Witmore --
Part I: Revisiting religious contexts in Shakespeare's England. --
The debate about Shakespeare and religion / David Bevington --
Choosing sides and talking religion in Shakespeare's England / Peter Marshall --
Experiencing religion in London : diversity and choice in Shakespeare's metropolis / Felicity Heal --
Part II: Representing religious beliefs and diversity in the plays. --
Delusion in a Midsummer night's dream / Alison Shell --
The siege of Jerusalem and subversive rhetoric in King John / Beatrice Groves --
Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and the search for a usable (Christian?) past / Peter Lake --
Lucretius, Calvin, and natural law in Measure for Measure / Adrian Streete --
Agnostic Shakespeare? : the Godless world of King Lear / David Loewenstein --
"Another Golgotha" / Ewan Fernie --
Shakespeare and wisdom literature / Michael Witmore --
Awakening faith in The Winter's Tale / Richard McCoy --
Hamlet, Henry VIII, and the question of religion : a post-secular perspective / Paul Stevens --
Converting Henry : truth, history, and historical faith in Henry VIII / Michael Davies --
Shakespeare's non-Christian religions / Matthew Dimmock --
Afterword / Brian Cummings.
Responsibility: edited by David Loewenstein and Michael Witmore.
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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.  Read more...

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'Full of gems, this collection provides a highly productive juxtaposition of historical and literary scholarship.' Thomas Fulton, Renaissance Quarterly

 
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