9780333965009

Political Theologies in Shakespeare's England : The Sacred and the State in 'Measure for Measure'

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    9780333965009

  • ISBN10:

    0333965000

  • Format: Trade Book
  • Copyright: 2001-11-17
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

Political Theologies in Shakespeare's England offers a defining reinterpretation of English political thought in the aftermath of the Reformation. Debora Kuller Shuger focuses not on the tension between Crown and Parliament but on the relation of the sacred to the state. The book examines Measure for Measure , for the issues at the heart of this play also shape the deep structure of English politics in the aftermath of the Reformation.

Author Biography

Debora Kuller Shuger is Professor of English, UCLA.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1(5)
Two notes on method
6(3)
The Rebel Codpiece and the State
9(30)
The rule of law
13(4)
Ancient political thought and the Laws
17(4)
The Athenian Stranger and the English Reformation
21(3)
Sexual regulation
24(6)
The wages of sin
30(6)
Excursus
36(3)
Political Theology
39(33)
Sacral loci
43(11)
Sacred kingship
54(8)
The godly prince and the pirate king
62(10)
The Throne of God: Absolutism, Equity, and Christian Justice
72(30)
Absolute power
78(4)
Absolute justice
82(11)
The theater of equity
93(9)
The King of Souls
102(39)
The spiritual jurisdiction of the state
110(7)
Puritans, penance, and ecclesiastical polity
117(9)
The soul of the condemned
126(5)
The politics of mercy
131(3)
Christ's other kingdom: political theology in Africa
134(7)
Notes 141(36)
Bibliography 177(12)
Index 189

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