Religions in Shakespeare's Writings

Edited by
July 2020
234 pages
  • ISBN978-3-03928-194-7 (Paperback)
  • ISBN978-3-03928-195-4 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue Religions in Shakespeare's Writings that was published in

Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities

Offering a wide range of scholarly perspectives, Religions in Shakespeare’s Writings explores Shakespeare’s depictions, throughout his canon, of various religions and matters related to them.  This collection’s fifteen essays explore matters pertaining to Catholic, Anglican, and Puritan Christianity, the Albigensian heresy of the high middle ages, Islam, Judaism, Roman religion, different manifestations of religious paganism, and even the “religion of Shakespeare” practiced by Shakespeare’s nineteenth-century admirers. These essays analyze how Shakespeare depicts both tensions between religions and the syntheses of different religious expressions on topics as diverse as Shakespeare’s varied portrayals of the afterlife, religious experience in Measure for Measure, and Black natural law and The Tempest. This collection also explores the political ramifications of religion within Shakespeare’s works, as well as Shakespeare’s multifaceted uses of the Bible. Additionally, while this collection does not present a Shakespeare whose particular religious beliefs can definitely be known or are displayed uniformly throughout his canon, various essays consider to what extent Shakespeare’s individual works demonstrate a Christian foundation.  Contributors include John D. Cox, Cyndia Susan Clegg, Grace Tiffany, Matthew J. Smith, Bethany C. Besteman, Sarah Skwire, Feisal Mohamed, Benedict J. Whalen, Benjamin Lockerd, Bryan Adams Hampton, Debra Johanyak, John E. Curran, Emily E. Stelzer, David V. Urban, and Julia Reinhard Lupton.

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Diana; Calvinism; paganism; romances; The Winter’s Tale; Catholic; marriage; Macbeth; conscience; casuistry; equivocation; Protestantism; Catholicism; Shakespeare; Richard III; Jacob; Esau; Bible; Genesis; Tudor; Elizabeth I; Early Modern; succession; Shakespeare; religion; dramatic characters; review; books published principally between 2008 and 2018; Shakespeare; Measure for Measure; religion; law; guilt; phenomenology; anthropology; morality; Calvinism; Catholicism; agnosticism; atheism; Puritanism; Hamlet; Albigensian heresy; Dualism; Catholicism; original sin; political theology; human will; Shakespeare; Hamlet; The Rape of Lucrece; Hecuba; conscience; sin; natural law; black theology; The Tempest; Richard Hooker; Thomas Aquinas; James Cone; Vincent Lloyd; afterlife; Antony and Cleopatra; Hamlet; Henry V; King Lear; Macbeth; Measure for Measure, Merchant of Venice; Othello; Richard III; Titus Andronicus; Hamlet; Yorick; Shakespeare’s religion; phrenology; Shakespeare’s skull; textual-editing; C.M. Ingleby; Shakespeare; The Rape of Lucrece; republicanism; raison d’état; religion; property; body; The Tempest; Bible; Providence; Prospero; Alonso; Ariel; Caliban; Epilogue; Richard Hooker; John Calvin; Twelfth Night; Malvolio; Gonzalo; Shakespeare; King Lear; Cordelia; gospel of Luke; kingdom of God; look there; icon; image; Shakespeare; Othello; revenge; religion; Islam; Muslim; honor; Sharia; n/a

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