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Shakespeare's Unreformed Fictions

Gillian Woods


Why does Catholicism have such an imaginative hold on Shakespearean drama, even though the ongoing Reformation outlawed its practice? Shakespeare’s Unreformed Fictions contends that the answers to this question are theatrical rather than strictly theological. Avoiding biographical speculation, this book concentrates on dramatic impact, and thoroughly integrates new literary analysis with fresh historical research.In exploring the dramaturgical variety of the ‘Catholic’ content of Shakespeare’s plays, Gillian Woods argues that habits, idioms, images, and ideas lose their denominational clarity ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, Catholicism, drama, Reformation, fiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199671267
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671267.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gillian Woods, author
Lecturer in Renaissance Theatre and Drama at Birkbeck College, University of London