Church, Nation, and Theater in Renaissance England
To be sure, Renaissance playwrights rarely sermonized in their plays, which seemed preoccupied with sex, violence, and crime. During a time when acting was regarded as a kind of vice, many theater professionals used their apparent godlessness to advantage, claiming that it enabled them to save wayward souls the church could not otherwise reach. The stage, they argued, made possible an ecumenical ministry, which would help transform Reformation England into a more inclusive Christian society.
Drawing on a variety of little-known as well as celebrated plays, along with a host of other documents from the English Renaissance, Shakespeare's Tribe changes the way we think about Shakespeare and the culture that produced him.
Winner of the Best Book in Literature and Language from the Association of American Publishers' Professional/Scholarly division, the Conference on Christianity and Literature Book Award, and the Roland H. Bainton Prize for Literature from the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference.
1. Good Fellows
Part One. England and Christendom
2. Rogue Nationalism
3. This Blessed Plot
Part Two. Church and Theater
4. Preachers and Players
Appendix 1. Rogue Frequencies
Appendix 2. Autolycus
Appendix 3. Poetry as Cozenage
Conference on Christianity and Lit.: Conference on Christianity and Literature Book Award
Association of American Publishers: PROSE Book Award
Sixteenth Century Studies Conference: Roland H. Bainton Book Prize