Shakespeare s Religious Language

Religious issues and discourse are key to an understanding of Shakespeare's plays and poems.

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Author: R. Chris Hassel Jr.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472577290

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 480

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Religious issues and discourse are key to an understanding of Shakespeare's plays and poems. This dictionary discusses over 1000 words and names in Shakespeare's works that have a religious connotation. Its unique word-by-word approach allows equal consideration of the full nuance of each of these words, from 'abbess' to 'zeal'. It also gradually reveals the persistence, the variety, and the sophistication of Shakespeare's religious usage. Frequent attention is given to the prominence of Reformation controversy in these words, and to Shakespeare's often ingenious and playful metaphoric usage of them. Theological commonplaces assume a major place in the dictionary, as do overt references to biblical figures, biblical stories and biblical place-names; biblical allusions; church figures and saints.

Faith and Folly in Shakespeare s Romantic Comedies

R. Chris Hassel, Jr. points out informed allusions to familiar Pauline and Erasmian Christian passages and themes present in Love's Labor's Lost, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado about Nothing, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, and The ...

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Author: R. Chris Hassel, Jr.

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820338538

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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An enduring debate among scholars has focused on the degree to which Shakespeare's plays are indebted to the Christian culture in which they were created and the manner of demonstrating that indebtedness. R. Chris Hassel, Jr. points out informed allusions to familiar Pauline and Erasmian Christian passages and themes present in Love's Labor's Lost, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado about Nothing, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, and The Merchant of Venice. He argues that not only did Shakespeare's audience understand these allusions but also that these allusions led the audience to recognize their pertinence to the playwright's uniquely Christian comic vision. Furthermore, Hassel feels this understanding of the relationship between Shakespeare's comic artistry and Christianity leads to a greater appreciation of the plays.

Shakespeare and Religious Change

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 ...

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Author: K. Graham

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230240858

Category: Religion

Page: 281

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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.

The Faith of William Shakespeare

But then he goes beyond that, and mines the plays themselves, not just for the words of the characters, but for the concepts, themes and language which Shakespeare was himself steeped in - the language of the Bible and the Book of Common ...

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Author: Graham Holderness

Publisher: Lion Books

ISBN: 9780745968926

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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William Shakespeare stills stands head and shoulders above any other author in the English language, a position that is unlikely ever to change. Yet it is often said that we know very little about him - and that applies as much to what he believed as it does to the rest of his biography. Or does it? In this authoritative new study, Graham Holderness takes us through the context of Shakespeare's life, times of religious and political turmoil, and looks at what we do know of Shakespeare the Anglican. But then he goes beyond that, and mines the plays themselves, not just for the words of the characters, but for the concepts, themes and language which Shakespeare was himself steeped in - the language of the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer. Considering particularly such plays as Richard ll, Henry V, The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, Hamlet, Othello, The Tempest and The Winter's Tale, Holderness shows how the ideas of Catholicism come up against those of Luther and Calvin; how Christianity was woven deep into Shakespeare's psyche, and how he brought it again and again to his art.

The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Religion

A wide-ranging yet accessible investigation into the importance of religion in Shakespeare's works, from a team of eminent international scholars.

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Author: Hannibal Hamlin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107172593

Category: Drama

Page: 332

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A wide-ranging yet accessible investigation into the importance of religion in Shakespeare's works, from a team of eminent international scholars.

The Translatability of the Religious Dimension in Shakespeare from Page to Stage from West to East

This book comprehensively traces the hermeneutical process of the translators as readers, and the situational process and semiotics of theater translation.

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Author: Jenny Wong

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532638176

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 306

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This interdisciplinary study traverses the disciplines of translation studies, hermeneutics, theater studies, and sociology. Under the "power turn" or "political turn" in translation studies, the omission and untranslatability of religious material are often seen as the product of censorship or self-censorship. But the theology of each individual translating agent is often neglected as a contributing factor to such untranslatability. This book comprehensively traces the hermeneutical process of the translators as readers, and the situational process and semiotics of theater translation. Together these factors contribute to an image of translated literature that in turn influences the literature's reception. While translation theorists influenced by the current "sociological turn" view social factors as determining translation activities and strategies, this volume argues that the translator's or the dramatist's theology and religious values interact with the socio-cultural milieu to carve out a unique drama production. Often it is the religious values of the translating agents that determine the product, rather than social factors. Further, the translatability of religious discourse should be understood in a broader sense according to the seven dimensions proposed by Ninian Smart, rather than merely focusing on untranslatability as a result of semantic and linguistic differences.

The Unheard Prayer

Repeatedly Shakespeare dramatizes one who prays when no one is listening, interested, or even there.

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Author: Joseph Sterrett

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004230064

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Repeatedly Shakespeare dramatizes one who prays when no one is listening, interested, or even there. This study reads the scenario parallel to early modern anxieties surrounding prayer itself, suggesting a vision of religious syncretism Shakespeare imagines for his world.

Shakespeare s Christian Dimension

--First Things This is an exceptionally valuable book . . . very highly recommended --Sixteenth Century Journal . . . an exemplary work.

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Author: Roy Wesley Battenhouse

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015032535398

Category: Drama

Page: 520

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An impressive collection of ninety-two abridged essays identifying the Christian elements in Shakespeare's plays . . . a great feast of learning and beauty. --First Things This is an exceptionally valuable book . . . very highly recommended --Sixteenth Century Journal . . . an exemplary work. In an age when footling matters often replace the great religious quandaries about what it means to live and die before God, Shakespeare's Christian Dimension helps restore our focus. --Pro Ecclesia This anthology reprints abridged versions of 92 critical commentaries on the influence of Shakespeare's Christian heritage on the shaping of his plays. It does not attempt to be exhaustive in its coverage, but to provide a useful sampling of valuable work. A supplementary bibliography of more than 250 further items encourages interested readers to further exploration.

Shakespeare s Religious Frontier

THIS slight volume is addressed not to Shakespearean special ists, but rather to the general public.

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Author: Robert Stevenson

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789401538510

Category: Religion

Page: 97

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THIS slight volume is addressed not to Shakespearean special ists, but rather to the general public. My chief purpose has been to view Shakespeare's manipulation of his clergy. The last three chapters deal with ancillary problems. Two articles in this collection have already been published - "Shakespeare's Cardinals and Bishops" in The Crozer Quarterry, April, 1950; "Shakespeare's Interest in Harsnet's Declaration" in Publications of the Modern Language Association, September, 1952. I appreciate the Editors' permission to reprint these essays in the present volume. I also thank Professors Gerald Eades Bentley and Lily Bess Campbell for encourage ment and advice during the writing of the first, fifth, and last pieces in this collection. Neither is however to be held re sponsible for any errors discovered by reviewers. All of the essays in this volume except the first were written either at The Folger Shakespeare Library in 1950 or at The Huntington Library in 1952. I thank the directors and staffs of both libraries for their many exceptional kindnesses. Miss Mary Neighbour of Oxford has placed me further in her debt by typing the completed collection.

Liturgical Language in Shakespeare

... with ridicule of a religious party as a party , whatever may have been his
satirical or humorous treatment of religious vagaries in an individual , After this
somewhat unrewarding discussion of Shakespeare's religious belief , it appears
to me ...

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Author: Jane Gay Dodge

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:C2877910

Category:

Page: 328

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Shakespeare and Religious Change

16 Which is to say , by orchestrating different languages and voices ,
Shakespeare's theater helped to separate religious language from its ideological
center , appropriating it for different uses ; in doing so it reinforced the secular
foundation on ...

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Author: Kenneth J. E. Graham

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN: UOM:39015084116568

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 281

View: 744

Challenging dominant views on the subject, this collection considers the relationship of Shakespeare's plays to the religious past and present. Among the contributors are Anthony Dawson, Jeffrey Knapp and Debora Shuger.

Shakespeare and the Idea of Apocrypha

It is at this point that religious language began to be employed in the celebration of Shakespeare, culminating in Garrick's Stratford Jubilee of 1769 at ...

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Author: Peter Kirwan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316300534

Category: Literary Criticism

Page:

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In addition to the thirty-six plays of the First Folio, some eighty plays have been attributed in whole or part to William Shakespeare, yet most are rarely read, performed or discussed. This book, the first to confront the implications of the 'Shakespeare Apocrypha', asks how and why these plays have historically been excluded from the canon. Innovatively combining approaches from book history, theatre history, attribution studies and canon theory, Peter Kirwan unveils the historical assumptions and principles that shaped the construction of the Shakespeare canon. Case studies treat plays such as Sir Thomas More, Edward III, Arden of Faversham, Mucedorus, Double Falsehood and A Yorkshire Tragedy, showing how the plays' contested 'Shakespearean' status has shaped their fortunes. Kirwan's book rethinks the impact of authorial canons on the treatment of anonymous and disputed plays.

Shakespeare and Religion

This book sets Shakespeare in the religious context of his times, presenting a balanced, up-to-date account of current biographical and critical debates, and addressing the fascinating, under-studied topic of how Shakespeare's writing was ...

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Author: Alison Shell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781408143605

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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This book sets Shakespeare in the religious context of his times, presenting a balanced, up-to-date account of current biographical and critical debates, and addressing the fascinating, under-studied topic of how Shakespeare's writing was perceived by literary contemporaries - both Catholic and Protestant - whose priorities were more obviously religious than his own. It advances new readings of several plays, especially Hamlet, King Lear and The Winter's Tale; these draw in many cases on new and under-exploited contemporary analogues, ranging from conversion narratives, books of devotion and polemical pamphlets to manuscript drama and emblems. Shakespeare's writing has been seen both as profoundly religious, giving everyday human life a sacramental quality, and as profoundly secular, foreshadowing the kind of humanism that sees no necessity for God. This study attempts to reconcile these two points of view, describing a writer whose language is saturated in religious discourse and whose dramaturgy is highly attentive to religious precedent, but whose invariable practice is to subordinate religious matter to the particular aesthetic demands of the work in hand. For Shakespeare, as for few of his contemporaries, the Judaeo-Christian story is something less than a master narrative.

Affinity and Polarity in Shakespeare s Othello Analyzing the Otherness With Respect to Protestant England

Seminar paper from the year 2011 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,3, University of Stuttgart, language: English, abstract: William Shakespeare's works are known for their tendency to address ...

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Author: Volker Hartmann

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783656355694

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 17

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Seminar paper from the year 2011 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,3, University of Stuttgart, language: English, abstract: William Shakespeare's works are known for their tendency to address foreign culture and religion. In "Othello", the effects of a confrontation between protestant England and the newly-civilized moor are demonstrated through intrigues and mistrust. In this term paper I want to highlight the effects of this confrontation. Moreover, I want to address the tragedy of misunderstanding between foregin cultures and false preachers.

Shakespeare s Religious Allusiveness

This book sheds new light on the playwright's knowledge of and interest in Elizabethan and Jacobean religious debates over the nature of spiritual reformation, the efficacy of merit for redemption, and the operation of Providence.

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Author: Maurice Hunt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351149228

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 164

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Shakespeare's Religious Allusiveness complicates debates about whether Shakespeare's plays are fundamentally Protestant or Catholic in sympathy, challenging analyses that either find Protestant elements consistently undercutting Catholic motifs or, less often, discover evidence of the playwright's endorsement of Catholic doctrine and customs. Rather, Maurice Hunt argues that Shakespeare's syncretistic method of incorporating both Protestant and Catholic elements into his plays was singular among early modern English playwrights at a time when governmental and social tolerance of Protestantism in the theatre was high and criticism of stereotyped Catholicism was correspondingly rampant in drama. In-depth discussions of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, the Second Henriad, All's Well That Ends Well, Twelfth Night, and Othello reveal how Shakespeare allusively integrates Reformation Protestant and Roman Catholic motifs and systems of thought. This book sheds new light on the playwright's knowledge of and interest in Elizabethan and Jacobean religious debates over the nature of spiritual reformation, the efficacy of merit for redemption, and the operation of Providence. It will appeal not only to Shakespeare scholars but to those interested in the cultural history of the Reformation.

Shakespeare s Early Comedies

In this discussion of The Comedy of Errors we have seen that Shakespeare uses
an amalgamation of pagan and Christian language to tell his story of the search
for self - identification through romantic love and family reunion under the threat ...

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Author: Gunnar Sorelius

Publisher: Coronet Books Incorporated

ISBN: UCAL:B3917287

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 218

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Shakespeare s Contemporaries

During the early episodes of the play , however , there is an implicit emphasis on
the religious attitude which similarly balances the overt emphasis on the rational
attitude , that is , the implications of the language and action are always ...

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Author: Max Bluestone

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105045029431

Category: English drama

Page: 300

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