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Chapter 5 - Faith

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 December 2015

Paul Franssen
Affiliation:
Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Shakespeare’s faith has been a matter of considerable controversy, particularly between those who see him as a Protestant and those who believe in his life-long recusancy, or alternatively, in the tradition that he converted to Catholicism on his deathbed. Fictions about this issue often have a political agenda. In this chapter, I first discuss three plays that position Shakespeare’s religious convictions in the context of the Irish question, showing how both loyalists and republicans appropriate the figure of Shakespeare for their own ends. The remainder of the chapter focuses on stories of Shakespeare’s supposed involvement in the translating or editing of the Authorized Version of the Bible. This motif, too, is often used to reflect on the role of culture in imposing colonial rule, as by Kipling and Burgess. In more recent fiction, it often serves to question the role of religion in a secular age.
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Shakespeare's Literary Lives
The Author as Character in Fiction and Film
, pp. 169 - 194
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2016

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  • Faith
  • Paul Franssen, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Book: Shakespeare's Literary Lives
  • Online publication: 18 December 2015
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781316410851.006
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  • Faith
  • Paul Franssen, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Book: Shakespeare's Literary Lives
  • Online publication: 18 December 2015
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781316410851.006
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  • Faith
  • Paul Franssen, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Book: Shakespeare's Literary Lives
  • Online publication: 18 December 2015
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781316410851.006
Available formats
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