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The Biblical Covenant in Shakespeare

Authors: Kietzman, Mary Jo

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  • Demonstrates how important Shakespeare’s plays were for popularizing and spreading the covenant idea, making it available for the modern project 
  • Shows how important Shakespeare’s plays were for popularizing and spreading the covenant idea, making it available for the modern project
  • Pairs Shakespearean texts with relevant biblical material, moving chronologically from Genesis to I Samuel 
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The theo-political idea of covenant—a sacred binding agreement—formalizes relationships and inaugurates politics in the Hebrew Bible, and it was the most significant revolutionary idea to come out of the Protestant Reformation.  Central to sixteenth-century theology, covenant became the cornerstone of the seventeenth-century English Commonweath, evidenced by  Parliament’s passage of the Protestation Oath in 1641 which was the “first national covenant against popery and arbitrary government,” followed by the Solemn League and Covenant in 1643. Although there are plenty of books on Shakespeare and religion and Shakespeare and the Bible, no recent critics have recognized how Shakespeare’s plays popularized and spread the covenant idea, making it available for the modern project.  By seeding the plays with allusions to biblical covenant stories, Shakespeare not only lends ethical weight to secular lives but develops covenant as the core idea in a civil religion or a founding myth of the early-modern political community, writ small (family and friendship) and large (business and state).  Playhouse relationships, especially those between actors and audiences, were also understood through the covenant model, which lent ethical shading to the convention of direct address.  Revealing covenant as the biblical beating heart of Shakespeare’s drama, this book helps to explain how the plays provide a smooth transition into secular society based on the idea of social contract.  

About the authors

 Mary Jo Kietzman is Associate Professor of English at the University of Michigan-Flint, USA.  She is the author of The Self-Fashioning of an Early-Modern Englishwoman: Mary Carleton’s Many Lives (2004).  She has published numerous articles on a wide range of English Renaissance authors and subjects, including Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, and “The Rape of Lucrece.”  

 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Biblical Covenant in Shakespeare
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-71843-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-71843-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-71842-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-89109-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 254
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