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Protestantism and Drama in Early Modern England

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  • Date Published: August 2011
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107402775

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  • Containing detailed readings of plays by Shakespeare, Marlowe and Middleton, as well as poetry and prose, this book provides a major historical and critical reassessment of the relationship between early modern Protestantism and drama. Examining the complex and painful shift from late medieval religious culture to a society dominated by the ideas of the Reformers, Adrian Streete presents a fresh understanding of Reformed theology and the representation of early modern subjectivity. Through close analysis of major thinkers such as Augustine, William of Ockham, Erasmus, Luther and Calvin, the book argues for the profoundly Christological focus of Reformed theology and explores how this manifests itself in early modern drama. Moving beyond questions of authorial 'belief', Streete assesses Elizabethan and Jacobean drama's engagement with the challenges of the Reformation.

    • Contains sustained readings of three major early plays by Shakespeare, Marlowe and Middleton, moving scholarship beyond identifying particular authors with a particular religious ideology
    • Encourages the reader to rethink the connections between the 'secular' stage and religious ideology
    • Argues that we need to take early modern religious discourse, its commonplaces, metaphors, and similes, as seriously as we would those in a poem or play
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… provides an innovative, articulate account of the metamorphosis of the figure of Christ. … Recommended.' Choice Reviews Online

    'One of the most thought-provoking and innovative books of the year …' Studies in English Literature

    'Streete's methodology … is remarkably fruitful and compelling. … Protestantism and Drama offers a more complete and nuanced picture of the early modern subject than has been offered before.' Renaissance Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107402775
    • length: 310 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I:
    1. Christ, subjectivity and representation in early modern culture
    2. Locating the subject: Erasmus and Luther
    3. Representing the subject: Calvin, Christ and identity
    4. Perception and fantasy in early modern Protestant discourse
    Part II:
    5. Anti-drama, anti-Church: debating the early modern theatre
    6. Consummatum est: Calvinist exegesis, mimesis and Doctor Faustus
    7. Shakespeare on Golgotha: political typology in Richard II
    8. Mimesis, resistance and iconoclasm: resituating The Revenger's Tragedy
    Afterword.

  • Author

    Adrian Streete, Queen's University Belfast

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