Shakespeare and Religion (Arden Critical Companions)

Shakespeare and Religion (Arden Critical Companions)

Alison Shell


This booklet units Shakespeare within the non secular context of his occasions, offering a balanced, up to date account of present biographical and important debates, and addressing the interesting, under-studied subject of ways Shakespeare's writing was once perceived by way of literary contemporaries, whose priorities have been extra evidently non secular than his personal. It advances new readings of a number of performs, together with Hamlet, King Lear and The Winter's Tale, and attracts on under-exploited modern analogues, starting from conversion narratives, books of devotion and polemical pamphlets to manuscript drama and logos.

This examine describes a author whose language is saturated in spiritual discourse yet whose invariable perform is to subordinate non secular topic to the cultured calls for of the paintings. For Shakespeare, as for few of his contemporaries, the Judaeo-Christian tale is anything lower than a grasp narrative.

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