Shakespeare's Romance and the Politics of Counter-Reformation

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Abstract

This is an historical study of the four Shakespearean late plays: "Pericles", "Cymbeline", "Winter's Tale" and "The Tempest". The introduction argues for a correct application of historicism in the fields of literary criticism. As a preliminary to discussion of the romances, it then considers the state of religion in England in the wake of the so-called "Elizabeth settlements"; the possibilities for religious expression in the Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre, and - still with particular regard to religious topics - the relationship of the romances to their sources. The major chapters illustrate the play's relationships to, and discourses on Passion literature, Jesuit meditation, philosophical scepticism and magic. In each case the romances are seen to present a Roman Catholic, and thus counter-Reformationary position. The study concludes by comparing Shakespeare's presentation of the four principal topics in the romances with the less consistent treatment they receive in his earlier works.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLampeter, United Kingdom
PublisherThe Edwin Mellen Press
Number of pages252
Volume3
ISBN (Print)0773480331, 978-0773480339
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1999

Publication series

NameRenaissance Studies
PublisherEdwin Mellen Press
Volume3

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Counter-reformation
Romance
William Shakespeare
Religion
Historicism
Passion
Literary Criticism
Skepticism
England
Meditation
Discourse
The Tempest
Jesuits
Pericles
Elizabethan Age
The Winter's Tale
Jacobean
Magic

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Rist, T. C. K. (1999). Shakespeare's Romance and the Politics of Counter-Reformation. (Renaissance Studies; Vol. 3). Lampeter, United Kingdom: The Edwin Mellen Press.

Shakespeare's Romance and the Politics of Counter-Reformation. / Rist, Thomas Charles Kenelm.

Lampeter, United Kingdom : The Edwin Mellen Press, 1999. 252 p. (Renaissance Studies; Vol. 3).

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Rist, TCK 1999, Shakespeare's Romance and the Politics of Counter-Reformation. Renaissance Studies, vol. 3, vol. 3, The Edwin Mellen Press, Lampeter, United Kingdom.
Rist TCK. Shakespeare's Romance and the Politics of Counter-Reformation. Lampeter, United Kingdom: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1999. 252 p. (Renaissance Studies).
Rist, Thomas Charles Kenelm. / Shakespeare's Romance and the Politics of Counter-Reformation. Lampeter, United Kingdom : The Edwin Mellen Press, 1999. 252 p. (Renaissance Studies).
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