Shakespeare's Christian Dimension

Shakespeare's Christian Dimension : An Anthology of Commentary

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There is a long history of commentary on the Christian dimensions in Shakespeare's works. Nineteenth-century commentators noticed biblical allusions and passages reminiscent of Bible themes in the plays. Some later critics found echoes of liturgical language and theological concepts, while others examined the relationship of the plays to medieval mystery and morality plays. Shakespeare's debt to the world-views of Augustine, Boethius, Aquinas, Dante, and Erasmus has been well documented, and there have been numerous interpretations of his works in light of Christian lore. This anthology reprints abridged versions of ninety-two critical commentaries on the influence of Shakespeare's Christian heritage on the shaping of his plays. It focuses attention on perspectives quite different from many now in fashion and makes accessible an important critical tradition. A supplementary bibliography of more than 250 additional items encourages interested readers to further exploration.show more

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  • Hardback | 536 pages
  • 157.5 x 236.2 x 38.1mm | 907.2g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0253311225
  • 9780253311221
  • 2,058,426

About Roy W. Battenhouse

ROY BATTENHOUSE was educated at Yale University and taught for nine years in theological schools before joining Indiana University's English department in 1950. His published books on Marlowe, on St. Augustine, and on Shakespeare, along with many articles, have made him widely known as a spokesman for the interrelations of religion and literature.show more

Table of contents

Preface Introduction: An Overview of Christiam Interpretation Part I Some Key Assessments Part II On ShakespeareOs Comedies Introduction The Comedy of Errors The Merchant of Venice Much Ado About Nothing As You Like It Twelfth Night AllOs Well That Ends Well Measure for Measure Pericles Cymbeline The WinterOs Tale The Tempest Part III On ShakespeareOs Histories Introduction Richard II Henry IV, Parts 1,2 Henry V Henry VI, Parts 1,2,3 Richard III Part IV On ShakespeareOs Tragedies Romeo and Juliet Hamlet Othello Troilus and Cressida King Lear Macbeth Antony and Cleopatrashow more

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