Shakespeare And Religious Change

Hardcover | August 15, 2009

EditorKenneth J. E. Graham, Philip D. Collington

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This balanced and innovative collection explores the relationship of Shakespeare's plays to the changing face of early modern religion, considering the connections between Shakespeare's theatre and the religious past, the religious identities of the present and the deep cultural changes that would shape the future of religion in the modern world.

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This balanced and innovative collection explores the relationship of Shakespeare's plays to the changing face of early modern religion, considering the connections between Shakespeare's theatre and the religious past, the religious identities of the present and the deep cultural changes that would shape the future of religion in the mo...

KENNETH J. E. GRAHAM is Associate Professor of English at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He has published The Performance of Conviction: Plainness and Rhetoric in the Early English Renaissance (1994), and is writing a book on the relationship between English poetry and the disciplinary culture of the English Reformation.   PHILIP...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.78 × 5.59 × 0.86 inPublished:August 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023021309X

ISBN - 13:9780230213098

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on Spelling Conventions
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: K.J.E.Graham
PART I: SHAKESPEARE AND SOCIAL HISTORY: RELIGION AND THE SECULAR
Sanctifying the Bourgeoisie: The Cultural Work of The Comedy of Errors; R.Strier
'In a Christian Climate': Religion and Honor in Richard II; D.Shuger
PART II: DRAMATIC CONTINUITIES AND RELIGIOUS CHANGE
William Cecil and the Drama of Persuasion; A.F.Johnston
The Queen's Men and the Performance of Allegiance, Conformity, and Difference in Elizabethan Norwich; M.A.Blackstone
Things Newly Performed: The Resurrection Tradition in Shakespeare's Plays; E.Williamson
Staging Allegiance, Re-membering Trials: King Henry VIII and the Blackfriars Theater; K.Sawyer Marsalek
PART III: RELIGIOUS IDENTITIES
'Mirth in Heaven': Religion and Festivity in As You Like It; P.Jensen
Speaking Daggers: Shakespeare's Troubled Ministers; G.Clark
Othello in the Wilderness: How did Shakespeare Use his Bible?; T.Bishop
PART IV: SHAKESPEARE AND THE CHANGING THEATRE: RELIGION OR THE SECULAR
Author, King, and Christ in Shakespeare's Histories; J.Knapp
The Secular Theater; A.B.Dawson
Index

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'The volume manages to encompass a surprising amount of diversity, extending its scope to consider the continuum of changes in religious and dramatic culture from the 1520s onwards... This book will interest not only Shakespeare students and scholars but also scholars of the Reformation and of theatre history.' Routledge ABES June 2011 ''a highly recommended volume, one that gathers together the work of excellent scholars, offers an enjoyable reading experience, and presents a rich mine of gems to use in the classroom.'' - Shakespeare Studies