The Gospel According To Shakespeare by Piero BoitaniThe Gospel According To Shakespeare by Piero Boitani

The Gospel According To Shakespeare

byPiero Boitani

Paperback | January 9, 2014

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In this slim, poetically powerful volume, Piero Boitani develops his earlier work in The Bible and Its Rewritings, focusing on Shakespeare's "rescripturing" of the Gospels. Boitani persuasively urges that Shakespeare read the New Testament with great care and an overall sense of affirmation and participation, and that many of his plays constitute their own original testament, insofar as they translate the good news into human terms. In Hamlet and King Lear, he suggests, Shakespeare's "New Testament" is merely hinted at, and faith, salvation, and peace are only glimpsed from far away. But in Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale, and The Tempest, the themes of compassion and forgiveness, transcendence, immanence, the role of the deity, resurrection, and epiphany are openly, if often obliquely, staged. The Christian Gospels and the Christian Bible are the signposts of this itinerary.

Originally published in 2009, Boitani's Il Vangelo Secondo Shakespeare was awarded the 2010 De Sanctis Prize, a prestigious Italian literary award. Now available for the first time in an English translation, The Gospel according to Shakespeare brings to a broad scholarly and nonscholarly audience Boitani's insights into the current themes dominating the study of Shakespeare's literary theology. It will be of special interest to general readers interested in Shakespeare's originality and religious perspective.

Piero Boitani is professor of comparative literature at the University of Rome "Sapienza."
Title:The Gospel According To ShakespeareFormat:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:January 9, 2014Publisher:University of Notre Dame PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0268022356

ISBN - 13:9780268022358


Editorial Reviews

"In this wonderful, cultivated, even wise treatment of Shakespearean allusion to the Bible, Boitani retells the stories of six plays, commenting upon their gospel verbal echoes to show us a Shakespeare who, whatever his actual beliefs, casts his human actions with a divine, distinctly Christian light." —Sixteenth Century Journal “Sprinkled bountifully with terminology grounded in the conventions of classical rhetoric, Boitani’s book also ably demonstrates his knowledge of literary traditions and meaningful interpretive analysis, coupled with keenly observed overt and embedded scriptural references throughout the plays.”—Catholic Library World “. . . [Boitani] produces pages full of insight.” —English Studies “In The Gospel According to Shakespeare, Piero Boitani offers a close critical look at William Shakespeare’s ‘re-scripturing’ of the Gospels in his work. For Boitani, Shakespeare’s works are a meditation ‘on providence, on forgiveness, and on goodness and happiness’ and this is achieved ‘in Christian terms’… Boitani argues that Shakespeare, particularly in his plays after Hamlet, is engaged in creating his own Gospel.” —Parergon