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Shakespeare's Hybrid Faith


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  • ISBN13:9780230005259
  • ISBN10:023000525X
  • Language:English
  • Author:J Mayer
  • Publisher:Palgrave MacMillan
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  • ISBN13:9780230005259
  • ISBN10:023000525X
  • Language:English
  • Author:J Mayer
  • Publisher:Palgrave MacMillan
  • Binding:Hardback
  • Sub Genre:Drama
  • SUPC: SDL248121817

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This book offers a complete review of current scholarship on Shakespeare and religion and a fresh perspective on the vexed question of the dramatist's religious orientation.

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This book throws new light on the issue of the dramatist's religious orientation by dismissing sectarian and one-sided theories, tackling the problem from the angle of the variegated Elizabethan context recently uncovered by modern historians and theatre scholars. It is argued that faith was a quest rather than a quiet certainty for the playwright.

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Shakespeare's Hybrid Faith offers a complete review of current scholarship on Shakespeare and religion and a fresh perspective on the vexed question of the dramatist's religious orientation. It throws new light on the issue by dismissing sectarian and one-sided theories, tackling the problem from the angle of the variegated Elizabethan context recently uncovered by modern historians and theatre scholars. The book argues in particular that faith was more of a quest than a quiet certainty for the playwright.

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1. 'Jean-Christophe Mayer's book...very welcome, as a well-written, responsible, refreshingly sane contrubtion to a debate where overstatement on both sides has been so prevalent and sometimes so damaging'. - Times Literary Supplement 'Mayer's quizzical approach makes this book rewardingly level-headed.' - Dr. Woods, Church Times '... this book is historically insightful and convincingly demonstrates the hybrid nature of religion in Elizabethan society... Mayer's book is a useful tool for understanding the religiously infused political atmosphere in which Shakespeare lived.' - Katherine Wilkinson, Early Modern Literary Studies '... thoroughly researched, fresh in approach, and readable.' - Paul Dean, English Studies

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'Jean-Christophe Mayer's book...very welcome, as a well-written, responsible, refreshingly sane contrubtion to a debate where overstatement on both sides has been so prevalent and sometimes so damaging'. - Times Literary Supplement

'Mayer's quizzical approach makes this book rewardingly level-headed.' - Dr. Woods, Church Times

'... this book is historically insightful and convincingly demonstrates the hybrid nature of religion in Elizabethan society... Mayer's book is a useful tool for understanding the religiously infused political atmosphere in which Shakespeare lived.' - Katherine Wilkinson, Early Modern Literary Studies

'... thoroughly researched, fresh in approach, and readable.' - Paul Dean, English Studies

3.

'Jean-Christophe Mayer's book...very welcome, as a well-written, responsible, refreshingly sane contrubtion to a debate where overstatement on both sides has been so prevalent and sometimes so damaging'. - Times Literary Supplement

'Mayer's quizzical approach makes this book rewardingly level-headed.' - Dr. Woods, Church Times

'... this book is historically insightful and convincingly demonstrates the hybrid nature of religion in Elizabethan society... Mayer's book is a useful tool for understanding the religiously infused political atmosphere in which Shakespeare lived.' - Katherine Wilkinson, Early Modern Literary Studies

'... thoroughly researched, fresh in approach, and readable.' - Paul Dean, English Studies

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