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Religions 2018, 9(11), 343;

Shakespeare and Religion

Department of English, Hope College, 126 East 10th Street, Holland, MI 49423-3516, USA
Received: 13 September 2018 / Revised: 29 October 2018 / Accepted: 1 November 2018 / Published: 5 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religions in Shakespeare's Writings)
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Shakespeare’s personal religious affiliation is impossible to determine. Nearly all the books published about him in the last ten years eschew an earlier attempt to identify him as Catholic and focus, instead, on the plays, not the playwright. Some attention has been paid to Judaism and Islam, but Christianity is the overwhelming favorite. Nearly all of these books include a discussion of Measure for Measure, the only play Shakespeare wrote with a biblical title and a central concern with Christian ethics. Though there is some inevitable overlap, each writer approaches religion in the plays differently. View Full-Text
Keywords: Shakespeare; religion; dramatic characters; review; books published principally between 2008 and 2018 Shakespeare; religion; dramatic characters; review; books published principally between 2008 and 2018
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