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'A Will to think' is a revised model of Kastan's 2008 'Oxford Wells Shakespeare Lectures', offering a provocative account of the ways that faith animates Shakespeare's plays.

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A Will to Believe: Shakespeare and Religion

'A Will to think' is a revised model of Kastan's 2008 'Oxford Wells Shakespeare Lectures', supplying a provocative account of the ways that faith animates Shakespeare's performs. summary: A Will to think is a revised model of Kastan's 2008 Oxford Wells Shakespeare Lectures, supplying a provocative account of the ways that faith animates Shakespeare's performs.

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Shakespeare’s plays do not seem to me “almost altogether Allegoricall” or even partially so. These readings seem to me to misconstrue both the genre of the works and how they relate to history or to revelation. 241), but he is not a Christ figure except in his own OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 11/08/2013, SPi 40 Shakespeare’s Religion self-pitying imagination. And that seems to me to be the point: the reference is designed to reveal something about Richard’s psychology, not to serve as a pointer to an unwritten sacred history understood as more urgent and more essential than the world of human deeds and desires.

Having been born about 1530, John Shakespeare, like his wife, was raised in a Catholic family and grew up in a community that was recognizably slow to embrace any change to the established religion. Although the reforming Latimer was appointed bishop of Worcester in 1537, his tenure lasted only two years with little evidence of any lasting impact upon the diocese. With Latimer’s departure, and clear evidence of the Crown’s desire to slow the pace of reform, the citizenry seems happily to have returned to its traditional ways.

92 OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 11/08/2013, SPi Shakespeare’s Religion 41 Notes 1 Selected Letters of John Keats, ed. Grant F. Scott (Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Press, 2002), 60. 2 [Christopher Knight Watson], “Was Shakspeare [sic] a Roman Catholic,” The Edinburgh Review 123 (1866), 184–5. 3 Carlyle, “Goethe,” in German Romance: Specimens of its Chief Authors (Edinburgh: W. Tait, 1827), vol. 4, 22. 4 See, for example, Richard Wilson, Secret Shakespeare: Studies in Theatre, Religion, and Resistance (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004); Peter Milward, Shakespeare the Papist (Ann Arbor, MI: Sapientia Press, 2005); David N.

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