Texts and Traditions - Religion in Shakespeare 1592-1604

Hardcover | December 30, 2006

byBeatrice Groves

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Texts and Traditions explores Shakespeare's thoroughgoing engagement with the religious culture of his time. In the wake of the recent resurgence of interest in Shakespeare's Catholicism, Groves eschews a reductively biographical approach and considers instead the ways in which Shakespeare'sborrowing from both the visual culture of Catholicism and the linguistic wealth of the Protestant English Bible enriched his drama. Through close readings of a number of plays - Romeo and Juliet, King John, 1 Henry IV, Henry V ,and Measure for Measure - Groves unearths and explains previouslyunrecognised allusions to the Bible, the Church's liturgy, and to the mystery plays performed in England in Shakespeare's boyhood. Texts and Traditions provides new evidence of the way in which Shakespeare exploited his audience's cultural memory and biblical knowledge in order to enrich hisostensibly secular drama and argues that we need to unravel the interpretative possibilities of these religious nuances in order fully to grasp the implications of his plays.

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Texts and Traditions explores Shakespeare's thoroughgoing engagement with the religious culture of his time. In the wake of the recent resurgence of interest in Shakespeare's Catholicism, Groves eschews a reductively biographical approach and considers instead the ways in which Shakespeare'sborrowing from both the visual culture of Cat...

Beatrice Groves is the Junior Research Fellow in Humanities at Wolfson College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:December 30, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199208980

ISBN - 13:9780199208982

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Drama and the Word: The Bible on the early modern stage2. Shakespeare's incarnational aesthetic: The mystery plays and Catholicism3. Comedic form and paschal motif in the first and second quartos of iRomeo and Juliet/i4. 'I am not he shall buyld the Lord a house': Religious imagery and the succession to the English throne in iKing John/i5. : 'Covering discretion with a coat of folly': The redemptive self-fashioning of Hal6. 'Usurp the beggary he was never born to': iMeasure for Measure/i and the questioning of divine kingshipConclusion