Theatre and Religion Lancastrian Shakespeare

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  • Copyright: 2013-09-30
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press

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This important collection of essays focuses on the place of Roman Catholicism in early modern England, bringing new perspectives to bear on the question of whether Shakespeare himself was Catholic. Among the many topics discussed are the nature of Elizabethan Catholicism, Jesuit drama in the period, individual plays in the light of these questions, and the possible influence of religious conflicts on the publication of the Shakespeare First Folio.

Author Biography

Richard Dutton is Professor of English Literature, Alison Gail Findlay is Senior Lecturer in English Literature, and Richard Wilson is Professor of Renaissance Literature, all in the Department of English at the University of Lancaster.

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors ix
Acknowledgements xiii
1 Introduction: a torturing hour - Shakespeare and the martyrs
Richard Wilson
2 Bare ruined choirs: remembering Catholicism in Shakespeare's England
Eamon Duffy
3 Shakespeare's Jesuit schoolmasters
Peter Milward S.J.
4 Jesuit drama in early modern England
Robert S. Miola
5 Richard Verstegan and Catholic resistance: the encoding of antiquarianism and love
Donna B. Hamilton
6 Catilines and Machiavels: reading Catholic resistance in 3 Henry VI
Randall Martin
7 'This Papist and his Poet': Shakespeare's Lancastrian kings and Robert Parsons's Conference about the Next Succession
Jean-Christophe Mayer
8 Catholic exiles in Flanders and As You Like It; or, what if you don't like it at all?
Carol Enos
9 Requiem for a prince: rites of memory in Hamlet
Gerard Kilroy
10 Richard Topcliffe: Elizabeth's enforcer and the representation of power in King Lear
Frank Brownlow
11 Learned pate and golden fool: a Jesuit source for Timon of Athens
Sonja Fielitz
12 Cymbeline and the sleep of faith
Margaret Jones-Davies
13 Shakespeare and Catholicism
Arthur F. Marotti
14 The cultural politics of Maybe
Gary Taylor
Index 259

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