Brings together sixteen original essays by leading scholars who examine Shakespeare's works in light of this new scholarship: their goal is to explore a possible interpretive consensus from Protestant, Catholic, and secular perspectives.
The question of Shakespeare's Catholic contexts has occupied many scholars in recent years, and their growing body of work has been enriched by revisionist accounts of the Reformation society and culture in which he lived and worked.
This innovative book brings together sixteen original essays by leading scholars who examine Shakespeare's works in light of this new scholarship: their goal is to explore a possible interpretive consensus from Protestant, Catholic, and secular perspectives.
Offering stimulating new approaches to traditional problems in Shakespeare studies, the essays provide a fully developed picture of Shakespeare's relation to the Reformation—in the light of newly unearthed religious contexts. From the monastic life in Measure for Measure to Puritanism in Hamlet , the essays offer fresh understandings of such themes as majority cultures, national self-definition, hidden trauma, and concealed identity.
Contributors: Dennis Taylor, Richard Dutton, Katharine Goodland, Clare Asquith, Jean-Christophe Mayer, Timothy Rosendale, Gary D. Hamilton, Regina M. Buccola, John Klause, John Freeman, R. Chris Hassel Jr., Jennifer Rust, David Beauregard, Maurice Hunt, Lisa Hopkins, Richard Mallette, and Paula McQuade.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Shakespeare and the Reformation 1 (25)
1. The Comedy of Errors and The Calumny of 26 (18)
Apelles: An Exercise in Source Study
2. "Obsequious Laments": Mourning and Communal 44 (36)
Memory in Shakespeare's Richard III
3. Oxford University and Love's Labour's Lost 80 (23)
4. Shakespeare's Religious Background 103(18)
Revisited: Richard II in a New Context
5. Sacral and Sacramental Kingship in the 121(20)
6. Mocking Oldcastle: Notes Toward Exploring a 141(18)
Possible Catholic Presence in Shakespeare's
Gary D. Hamilton
7. Shakespeare's Fairy Dance with 159(21)
Religio-Political Controversy in The Merry
Wives of Windsor
Regina M. Buccola
8. Catholic and Protestant, Jesuit and Jew: 180(42)
Historical Religion in The Merchant of Venice
9. This Side of Purgatory: Ghostly Fathers and 222(38)
the Recusant Legacy in Hamlet
10. Wittenberg and Melancholic Allegory: The 260(25)
Reformation and Its Discontents in Hamlet
11. The Accent and Gait of Christians: Hamlet's 285(26)
R. Chris Hassel Jr.
12. Shakespeare on Monastic Life: Nuns and 311(25)
Friars in Measure for Measure
13. Helena and the Reformation Problem of Merit 336(33)
in All's Well That Ends Well
14. Paris Is Worth a Mass: All's Well That Ends 369(13)
Well and the Wars of Religion
15. Blasphemous Preacher: Iago and the 382(33)
16. Love and Lies: Marital Truth-Telling, 415(24)
Catholic Casuistry, and Othello
Notes on Contributors 439(4)