Shakespeare and Catholicism

The Jesuits as Cultural Mediators in Early Modern Europe

in Volume 21 (2009): Issue 3 (Dec 2009): Shakespeare and 'the Personal Story'. Guest Editors: Katherine Scheil and Graham Holderness
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Though religious matters have long been part of Shakespeare criticism, they have not been the most popular ones on this agenda for a long time. In the last two decades, however, the question of Shakespeare’s personal religious belief has been re-introduced to the scene of early modern studies and vividly discussed by Shakespeare scholars all over the world. The topic has thus proved to be much more than a wave of fashion in Shakespeare studies and certainly deserves further critical investigation. For matters of space this essay must be restricted to one of the numerous questions that concern the field, i.e., the cultural and political impact which the early Jesuit mission, and here the Provincia Germaniae Superioris, had on William Shakespeare, his contemporaries, and the theatre of his time.