Religion Around Shakespeare by Peter Iver KaufmanReligion Around Shakespeare by Peter Iver Kaufman

Religion Around Shakespeare

byPeter Iver Kaufman

Hardcover | November 4, 2013

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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.

Peter Iver Kaufman is Modlin Professor at the University of Richmond and Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Peter Iver Kaufman is Modlin Professor at the University of Richmond and Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Title:Religion Around ShakespeareFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.78 × 5.8 × 0.75 inPublished:November 4, 2013Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0271061812

ISBN - 13:9780271061818

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Table of Contents




1 Religion Around

2 Around Shakespeare


3 Religious Authority

4 Religious Personality

5 Religious Community





Editorial Reviews

“Peter Iver Kaufman examines in impressive detail the religious soil in which Shakespeare’s plays flourished. By offering an expert survey of an immensely complex terrain, this book will serve those who want to scrutinize the religious discourses embedded in the plays. This book is significant, then, for Shakespearean scholars, for scholars of early modern English non-Shakespearean drama, and for historians of the English Reformation. Its originality derives from the author’s command of his special subject: no other historian of religion has examined early modern English religion with as scrupulous and searching an eye to its potential Shakespearean connections. The value of the book lies in its extended examination of the religious pastures, seemingly outside the plays’ boundaries, into which the plays occasionally wander. It’s difficult to think of any recent book to which Kaufman’s can be accurately or extensively compared, an originality that will be its chief source of value for literary scholars. They will deeply profit from what this distinguished historian of religion has provided.”—Richard Mallette, Lake Forest College