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.
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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

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1 Religion Around

2 Around Shakespeare

Interlude

3 Religious Authority

4 Religious Personality

5 Religious Community

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

“An urgently needed book. It is one of those rare studies written by an expert who presents a comprehensive overview and detailed analysis through nimble prose and dry humor.”

—Kristen Poole, Shakespeare Quarterly