Believing in Shakespeare: Studies in Longing

Believing in Shakespeare: Studies in Longing

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Claire McEachern
Cambridge University Press, 4/19/2018
EAN 9781108422246, ISBN10: 1108422241

Hardcover, 324 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.1 cm
Language: English

This ground breaking and accessible study explores the connections between the English Reformation's impact on the belief in eternal salvation and how it affected ways of believing in the plays of Shakespeare. Claire McEachern examines the new and better faith that Protestantism imagined for itself, a faith in which scepticism did not erode belief, but worked to substantiate it in ways that were both affectively positive and empirically positivist. Concluding with in-depth readings of Richard II, King Lear and The Tempest, the book represents a markedly fresh intervention in the topic of Shakespeare and religion. With great originality, McEachern argues that the English reception of the Calvinist imperative to 'know with' God allowed the very nature of literary involvement to change, transforming feeling for a character into feeling with one.

1. An apology for belief
2. An anatomy of believing
3. Feeling your knowledge 4. Genre, or the tipping point
5. Person 6. Plot – or, the promised end
7. Place