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The Bible on the Shakespearean Stage
Cultures of Interpretation in Reformation England

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Thomas Fulton, Kristen Poole, Bruce Gordon, Aaron T. Pratt, Jay Zysk, Beatrice Groves, Tom Bishop, Adrian Streete, Hannibal Hamlin, Richard Strier, Shaina Trapedo, Jesse M. Lander, Julia Reinhard Lupton
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  • Date Published: April 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107194236

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  • The Bible was everywhere in Shakespeare's England. Through sermons, catechisms, treatises, artwork, literature and, of course, biblical reading itself, the stories and language of the Bible pervaded popular and elite culture. In recent years, scholars have demonstrated how thoroughly biblical allusions saturate Shakespearean plays. But Shakespeare's audiences were not simply well versed in the Bible's content - they were also steeped in the practices and methods of biblical interpretation. Reformation and counter-reformation debate focused not just on the biblical text, but - crucially - on how to read the text. The Bible on the Shakespearean Stage is the first volume to integrate the study of Shakespeare's plays with the vital history of Reformation practices of biblical interpretation. Bringing together the foremost international scholars in the field of 'Shakespeare and the Bible', these essays explore Shakespeare's engagement with scriptural interpretation in the tragedies, histories, comedies, and romances.

    • The first volume to integrate the study of Shakespeare's plays with the vital history of Reformation practices of biblical interpretation
    • Brings together some of the foremost international scholars in the field of 'Shakespeare and the Bible'
    • Explores Shakespeare's engagement with scriptural interpretation across the tragedies, histories, comedies, and romance
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    'The essays in The Bible on the Shakespearean Stage: Cultures of Interpretation in Reformation England continue this expansion of the historical and literary perspectives in the field whilst concentrating on Shakespeare. It will certainly help move the scholarly conversation onwards along new axes.' Jem Bloomfield, The Review of English Studies

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    • Date Published: April 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107194236
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: 'popular hermeneutics in Shakespeare's London' Thomas Fulton and Kristen Poole
    Part I. Europe, England: Contextualising Shakespeare's Bible:
    1. The Bible in transition in the age of Shakespeare: a European perspective Bruce Gordon
    2. The trouble with translation: paratexts and England's bestselling New Testament Aaron T. Pratt
    Part II. Stagings: Reformation Reading Practices in the Theater:
    3. John 6, Measure for Measure, and the complexities of the literal sense Jay Zysk
    4. Words of diverse significations: Hamlet's puns, amphibology, and allegorical hermeneutics Kristen Poole
    5. England's Jerusalem in Shakespeare's Henriad Beatrice Groves
    6. Discontented harmonies: words against words in Pomfret Castle Tom Bishop
    Part III. Interplay: Biblican Forms and Other Genres:
    7. Titus Andronicus and the rhetoric of lamentation Adrian Streete
    8. The acts of Pericles: Shakespeare's biblical romance Hannibal Hamlin
    9. Finding Pygmalion in the Bible: notes on the unity of The Winter's Tale Richard Strier
    Part IV. Enactment: Hermeneutics and the Social:
    10. Shylock in the lion's den: enacting exegesis in Merchant of Venice Shaina Trapedo
    11. Maimed rites and whirling words in Hamlet Jesse M. Lander
    12. Political theology on the pulpit and the Shakespearean stage Thomas Fulton
    Afterword Julia Reinhard Lupton.

  • Editors

    Thomas Fulton, Rutgers University, New Jersey
    Thomas Fulton is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University, New Jersey. He is the author of Historical Milton: Manuscript, Print, and Political Culture in Revolutionary England ( 2010), and co-editor, with Ann Baynes Coiro, of Rethinking Historicism from Shakespeare to Milton (Cambridge, 2012).

    Kristen Poole, University of Delaware
    Kristen Poole is the Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of English Renaissance Literature at the University of Delaware. She is the author of Radical Religion from Shakespeare to Milton: Figures of Nonconformity in Early Modern England (Cambridge, 2000) and Supernatural Environments in Shakespeare's England: Spaces of Demonism, Divinity, and Drama (Cambridge, 2011).

    Contributors

    Thomas Fulton, Kristen Poole, Bruce Gordon, Aaron T. Pratt, Jay Zysk, Beatrice Groves, Tom Bishop, Adrian Streete, Hannibal Hamlin, Richard Strier, Shaina Trapedo, Jesse M. Lander, Julia Reinhard Lupton

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