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The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Religion

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Thomas Betteridge, Andrew Hadfield, Hannibal Hamlin, Daniel Swift, Phebe Jensen, Helen Smith, Claire McEachern, Adrian Streete, Gary Kuchar, Jean-Christophe Mayer, M. Lindsay Kaplan, Jennifer R. Rust, Brian Cummings, Daniel Vitkus, Kristen Poole, Robert S. Miola, Tom Bishop, Rowan Williams
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  • Publication planned for: April 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316624234

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  • Nothing in Shakespeare's England was as important as religion. Questions of faith informed everything from history and politics to love and family, work and play, good and evil, suffering and sacrifice, and ultimately life and death. Every one of Shakespeare's plays is rich in allusions to the Bible, church rites including baptism, communion, marriage, and burial, and a host of religious beliefs. This Companion provides an essential grounding in early modern religious history and culture and the ideas that Shakespeare returns to throughout his career. Chapters dedicated to close-readings of individual plays or groups of plays span both the complex and variegated Christian beliefs explored in Shakespeare's work, as well as the treatment of Judaism, Islam and classical paganism. Authored by an international team of eminent scholars and featuring an Afterword by Rowan Williams, this Companion is the most comprehensive and incisive guide to the topic that students will find.

    • Offers an in-depth grounding in the Christian contexts of early modern England, as well as considering how perceptions of Judaism, Islam and classical paganism are explored in Shakespeare's work
    • Includes focused case-studies of individual plays as well as broad concepts explored across Shakespeare's work
    • Provides an accessible guide to a vast and complex topic
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    • Publication planned for: April 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316624234
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Shakespeare and the Elizabethan and Jacobean Church Thomas Betteridge
    2. Shakespeare: biography and belief Andrew Hadfield
    3. The Renaissance Bible Hannibal Hamlin
    4. The drama of the liturgy Daniel Swift
    5. Popular religion Phebe Jensen
    6. Grace and conversion Helen Smith
    7. Love Claire McEachern
    8. Sin and evil Adrian Streete
    9. Compassion, affliction, and patience: biblical and religious allusion in Shakespeare Gary Kuchar
    10. Providence and divine right in the English histories Jean-Christophe Mayer
    11. The Merchant of Venice, Jews, and Christians M. Lindsay Kaplan
    12. Religious and political impasses in Measure for Measure Jennifer R. Rust
    13. Remembering the dead in Hamlet Brian Cummings
    14. Othello and Islam: Shakespeare's noble moor, staging blackness, and the performance of religious difference Daniel Vitkus
    15. Poetic creation in an apocalyptic age: King Lear and the making and the unmaking of the world Kristen Poole
    16. Immortal longings in Shakespeare's Rome Robert S. Miola
    17. Sacred and theatrical miracles in the romances Tom Bishop
    Afterword: finding the remedy Rowan Williams.

  • Editor

    Hannibal Hamlin, Ohio State University
    Hannibal Hamlin is Professor of English at the Ohio State University. He is the author of The Bible in Shakespeare (2013) and Psalm Culture and Early Modern English Literature (Cambridge, 2004); and co-editor of The King James Bible after Four Hundred Years: Literary, Linguistic, and Cultural Influences (Cambridge, 2010); and The Sidney Psalter: The Psalms of Philip and Mary Sidney (2009).

    Contributors

    Thomas Betteridge, Andrew Hadfield, Hannibal Hamlin, Daniel Swift, Phebe Jensen, Helen Smith, Claire McEachern, Adrian Streete, Gary Kuchar, Jean-Christophe Mayer, M. Lindsay Kaplan, Jennifer R. Rust, Brian Cummings, Daniel Vitkus, Kristen Poole, Robert S. Miola, Tom Bishop, Rowan Williams

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