Religion and Revelry in Shakespeares Festive World by Phebe JensenReligion and Revelry in Shakespeares Festive World by Phebe Jensen

Religion and Revelry in Shakespeares Festive World

byPhebe Jensen

Hardcover | February 2, 2009

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Religion and Revelry examines the relationship between traditional festive pastimes - such as Midsummer pageants and morris dancing - and Shakespeare's plays. Beginning with C. L. Barber's Shakespeare's Festive Comedy, work on this topic has stressed the political and social meanings of early modern festivity; in contrast, this study seeks to restore a sense of the devotional issues surrounding festivity to our understanding of early modern cultural representations. After establishing the continued religious controversies surrounding festivity expressed in a range of early modern literature, the book argues that Shakespeare is a festive traditionalist who not only acknowledges the relationship between traditional pastimes, stage plays, and religious controversy, but who also aligns his own work with festive energies identified with the old religion. Religion and Revelry therefore intervenes in recent controversies over the role of religion in Shakespeare's theater, as well as the particular place of Catholicism in Shakespeare's work and world.
Title:Religion and Revelry in Shakespeares Festive WorldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:February 2, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521506395

ISBN - 13:9780521506397


Table of Contents

Part I. Religion and Revelry: Introduction; 1. 'The reliques and rages of Popish superstition'; 2. 'A calendar! A calendar!': festive nostalgia and calendrical reform; Part II. Shakespeare's Festive World: 3. Pastimes and pastoral: As You Like It; 4. Falstaff in Illyria: the second Henriad and Twelfth Night; 5. Singing Psalms to hornpipes: festivity and iconoclasm in The Winter's Tale; Bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

'... a rich wide-ranging account that enables further argument, rather than closing it off with easy answers.' Times Literary Supplement