The Resource Faith in Shakespeare, Richard C. McCoy

Faith in Shakespeare, Richard C. McCoy

Label
Faith in Shakespeare
Title
Faith in Shakespeare
Statement of responsibility
Richard C. McCoy
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Speculation about Shakespeare's own religious beliefs and responses to the Reformation have dominated discussions of faith in the playwright's work for decades. As a result, we often lose sight of what's truly important-the plays themselves. By focusing on those plays in several succinct, fluently written chapters, Richard McCoy reminds us of the spell-binding power inherent in works like Othello, As You Like It, and The Winter's Tale and shows why they continue to cause audiences to gladly exercise what Samuel Taylor Coleridge called the "willing suspension of disbelief." Faith in Shakespeare ruminates on what it means to believe in the Bard's plays, exploring how their plots can be both preposterous and gripping, and how their characters seem more substantial and enduring than the people surrounding us in the theater. Informed by Coleridge's "poetic faith," the book discusses what this concept shares with religious faith and how it departs from recent historicist approaches to the dramatist's work. Faith in Shakespeare concentrates more on text than context, finding the afterlife of Shakespeare's language more vivid and engaging than theological controversies. The book confirms its convictions in literature's intrinsic powers by exploring the causes for our paradoxical belief in theater's potent but manifest illusions. Plays that ask their audience to "awake your faith" or "believe then, if you please" ultimately enable us to "mind true things by what their mockeries be." Rather than faith in God or the supernatural, McCoy argues that faith in Shakespeare is sustained and explained only by the complex, subtle, and entirely human power of poetic eloquence and dramatic performance"--
Assigning source
Publisher's website
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McCoy, Richard C.
Index
index present
LC call number
PR3011
LC item number
.M42 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Faith in literature
  • Illusion in literature
  • Reality in literature
  • Romanticism
  • Christentum
  • Wirklichkeit
  • Illusion
  • Glaube
  • Faith in literature
  • Illusion in literature
  • Reality in literature
  • Religion
  • Romanticism
Label
Faith in Shakespeare, Richard C. McCoy
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: faith in Shakespeare -- The comedy of errors and illusion's blessed power -- As you like it and believing if you please -- Othello and the stakes of tragedy -- The winter's tale and the recovery of faith -- Epilogue: theater's potent art
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xvii, 194 pages
Isbn
9780199945771
Lccn
2012039005
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)814529380
  • (OCoLC)ocn814529380
Label
Faith in Shakespeare, Richard C. McCoy
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: faith in Shakespeare -- The comedy of errors and illusion's blessed power -- As you like it and believing if you please -- Othello and the stakes of tragedy -- The winter's tale and the recovery of faith -- Epilogue: theater's potent art
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xvii, 194 pages
Isbn
9780199945771
Lccn
2012039005
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)814529380
  • (OCoLC)ocn814529380

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