Unsettled Toleration: Religious Difference on the Shakespearean Stage

ISBN : 9780198754435

Brian Walsh
240 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Mar 2016
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Unsettled Toleration: Religious Difference on the Shakespearean Stage historicizes and scrutinizes the unstable concept of toleration as it emerges in drama performed on the Elizabethan and Jacobean stages. Brian Walsh examines plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries that represent intra-Christian conflict between mainstream believers and various minorities, analyzing the sometimes explicit, sometimes indirect, occasionally smooth, but more often halting and equivocal forms of dealing with difference that these plays imagine can result from such exchanges. Through innovative and in some cases unprecedented readings of a diverse collection of plays, from Chapman's An Humorous Day's Mirth, Middleton's The Puritan Widow, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, and Pericles, and Rowley's When You See Me You Know Me, Walsh shows how the English stage in the first decade of the seventeenth century, as a social barometer, registered the basic condition of religious " of the post-Reformation era; and concurrently that the stage, as a social incubator, brooded over imagined scenarios of confessional conflict that could end variously in irresolution, accommodation, or even religious syncretism. It thus helped to create, sustain and enlarge an open-ended public conversation on the vicissitudes of getting along in a sectarian world. Attending to this conversation is vital to our present understanding of the state of religious toleration the early modern period, for it gives a fuller picture of the ways religious difference was experienced than the limited and inert pronouncements on the topic that officials of the church and state offered.


Introduction: The Turn to Toleration on the Early Modern Stage
1 De Facto Pluralism, Toleration, and The Massacre at Paris
2 Happy (Enough) Endings: Puritans and Everyday Ecumenicity in Early Modern City Come
3 O Just But Severe Law!: Weighing Puritanism in Twelfth Night and Measure for Measure
4 Rowley and the Lutherans: Reformation Histories and Religious Identities in When You See Me You Know Me
5 'A Priestly Farewell': The Catholic and the Reformed in Pericles
Conclusion: Private Spleene and Pious Zeale: The Vicissitudes of Toleration

About the author: 

Brian Walsh has taught at Rutgers, the University of Illinois, and Yale University. He is the author of Shakespeare, The Queen's Men, and The Elizabethan Performance of History (Cambridge University Press, 2009) as well as several articles and book chapters on Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. He has also edited a collection of essays on The Revenger's Tragedy for Bloomsbury Publishing.

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