The Play of Paradox: Stage and Sermon in Renaissance England

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Nov 11, 2016 - Literary Criticism - 240 pages
The Play of Paradox: Stage and Sermon in Renaissance England is a wide-ranging investigation of Tudor/Stuart drama, Reformation preaching, and the relations between the two. The cross-fertilization between the two kinds of performance engendered among audiences a ready receptivity to the rhetorical use of paradox. The two modes similarly capitalized on characteristic Renaissance syntheses of magic, drama, and religion to develop strategies for negotiating state control. In chapters that set comedies and tragedies by Shakespeare, Jonson, Webster, and others side by side with sermons by Hooker, Andrewes, Donne, and popular preachers whose works have not been reprinted since the early seventeenth century, Bryan Crockett argues that stage and pulpit performances elicited similar responses to the political and theological divisions marked by the incessant polemics of the age.
 

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Contents

Bucers Round Church and Shakespeares Wooden OThe Circulation of the Reformation Sermon and the Renaissance Play
1
Polemics and Irenics at Pauls Cross
31
3 Holy Cozenage and the Renaissance Cult of the Ear
50
Comic Edification and Inclusion
73
The Rhetoric of Judgment in Field and Shakespeare
95
Tragedy Watershed and Confluence
123
The Theology and Theatrics of Renaissance Dying
141
Conclusion
159
Notes
161
Bibliography
187
Index
201
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