Shakespeare's Hybrid Faith: History, Religion and the Stage

Hardcover | August 4, 2006

byJ. Mayer

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Shakespeare's Hybrid Faith offers a complete review of current scholarship on Shakespeare and religion and a fresh perspective on the vexed question of the dramatist's religious orientation. It throws new light on the issue by dismissing sectarian and one-sided theories, tackling the problem from the angle of the variegated Elizabethan context recently uncovered by modern historians and theatre scholars. The book argues in particular that faith was more of a quest than a quiet certainty for the playwright.

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Shakespeare's Hybrid Faith offers a complete review of current scholarship on Shakespeare and religion and a fresh perspective on the vexed question of the dramatist's religious orientation. It throws new light on the issue by dismissing sectarian and one-sided theories, tackling the problem from the angle of the variegated Elizabethan...

JEAN-CHRISTOPHER MAYER is a senior research fellow employed by the French National Centre for Scientific Research.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:August 4, 2006Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023000525X

ISBN - 13:9780230005259

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations * Acknowledgements * Introduction: Shakespeare's Hybrid Faith * Theatre, Witchcraft and the Crisis of Faith in King Henry VI, Parts 1 and 2 * Acting the Insubstantial in King Richard III * Religious Conscience and the Struggle for the Succession in Richard II * "So mak'st thou faith an enemy to faith"-Religion, Propaganda and Dreams of National Unity in King John * The Discovery of a "Popish Plot"? The Chamberlain's Men and the 1601 Essex Rising * Revisiting the Reformation: Shakespeare and Fletcher's King Henry VIII * Conclusion * Notes * Select Bibliography * Index