Early Modern Drama and the Bible: Contexts and Readings, 1570-1625

Hardcover | October 27, 2011

EditorA. Streete

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Early modern drama is steeped in biblical language, imagery and stories. This collection examines the pervasive presence of scripture on the early modern stage. Exploring plays by writers such as Shakespeare, Marlowe, Middleton, and Webster, the contributors showhow theatre offers a site of public and communal engagement with the Bible.

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Early modern drama is steeped in biblical language, imagery and stories. This collection examines the pervasive presence of scripture on the early modern stage. Exploring plays by writers such as Shakespeare, Marlowe, Middleton, and Webster, the contributors showhow theatre offers a site of public and communal engagement with the Bible...

ADRIAN STREETE Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Literature, School of English, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is the author of Protestantism and Drama in Early Modern England (2009), co-editor of Refiguring Mimesis: Representation in Early Modern Literature (2005), Filming and Performing Renaissance History (Palgrave,...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.04 inPublished:October 27, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Contributors
Introduction: Situating the Bible in Early Modern Drama; A.Streete
PART I: REPRESENTING THE BIBLE IN EARLY MODERN DRAMA: MATERIAL AND VERBAL CONTEXTS
Enter The Book: Reading the Bible on the Early Modern Stage; M.Davies
Measuring up to Nebuchadnezzar: Biblical Presences in Shakespeare's Tragicomedies; H.Wilcox
Fatal Visions: The Image as Actor in Early Modern Tragedy; P.Canning
PART II: POLITICAL THEOLOGY, THE BIBLE AND DRAMA
Political Theology in George Buchanan's Baptistes; D.Cavanagh
The Ethics of Pardoning in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure; P.Cefalu
Punishing Perjury in Love's Labour's Lost; J.Hudson
PART III: BIBLICAL READINGS ON STAGE: PULPIT, HOUSEHOLD AND POLITICAL CONTROVERSY
'They repented at the preachyng of Ionas: and beholde, a greater then Ionas is here': A Looking Glass for London and England, Hosea and the Destruction of Jerusalem; B.Groves
Marital Infidelity and Christian Self-Sacrifice in Thomas Heywood's How a Good Man May Choose a Good Wife froma Bad; E.McManus
Reading the White Devil in Thomas Adams and John Webster; E.Rhatigan
Situating Political and Biblical Authority in Massinger and Field's The Fatal Dowry; A.Streete
Afterword; H.Hamlin
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

'This confident and seductive collection of essays is alive with a sense of the transformative power of performance. By inviting us to think about the Bible as stage property, philosophical concept, and as linguistic intervention, it establishes a bold new scholarly landscape for understanding early modern material, spiritual, and theatrical cultures.'
- Julie Sanders, University of Nottingham, UK