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Faith in Shakespeare

Richard C. McCoy


Faith in Shakespeare explains what it means to believe in Shakespeare’s plays, exploring how his plots can be both preposterous and gripping and his characters more substantial and enduring than the people surrounding us in the theater. Our experience can be partly explained by what Coleridge calls “the willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith.” The book explores poetic faith’s affinities and contrasts with religious faith, and it considers the recent return to religion in Shakespeare studies as well as speculation about Shakespeare’s own reli ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, faith, belief, religion, poetry, theatre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199945764
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945764.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard C. McCoy, author
Graduate Center at the City University of New York