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Mortal Thoughts: Religion, Secularity, & Identity in Shakespeare and Early Modern Culture

Brian Cummings


Since the nineteenth century, it has been assumed that the concept of personal identity in the early modern period is bound up with secularization. Indeed, many explanations of the emergence of modernity have been based on this thesis, in which Shakespeare as a secular author has played a central role. However, the idea of secularization is now everywhere under threat. The secularity of modern society is less apparent than it was a generation ago. Shakespeare, too, has come to be seen in a religious perspective. What happens to human identity in this different framework? This book asks what se ... More

Keywords: secularization, identity, mortality, selfhood, death, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199677719
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677719.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Cummings, author
Anniversary Professor at the University of York in the Department of English & Related Literature

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