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The Resource Shakespeare and Abraham, Ken Jackson

Shakespeare and Abraham, Ken Jackson

Label
Shakespeare and Abraham
Title
Shakespeare and Abraham
Statement of responsibility
Ken Jackson
Title variation
Shakespeare & Abraham
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In Shakespeare and Abraham, Ken Jackson illuminates William Shakespeare's dramatic fascination with the story of Abraham's near sacrifice of his son Isaac in Genesis 22. Themes of child killing fill Shakespeare's early plays: Genesis 22 informed Clifford's attack on young Rutland in 3 Henry 6, Hubert's providentially thwarted murder of Arthur in King John, and Aaron the Moor's surprising decision to spare his son amidst the filial slaughters of Titus Andronicus, among others. However, the playwright's full engagement with the biblical narrative does not manifest itself exclusively in scenes involving the sacrifice of children or in verbal borrowings from the famously sparse story of Abraham. Jackson argues that the most important influence of Genesis 22 and its interpretive tradition is to be found in the conceptual framework that Shakespeare develops to explore relationships among ideas of religion, sovereignty, law, and justice. Jackson probes the Shakespearean texts from the vantage of modern theology and critical theory, while also orienting them toward the traditions concerning Abraham in Jewish, Pauline, patristic, medieval, and Reformation sources and early English drama. Consequently, the playwright's "Abrahamic explorations" become strikingly apparent in unexpected places such as the "trial" of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice and the bifurcated structure of Timon of Athens. By situating Shakespeare in a complex genealogy that extends from ancient religion to postmodern philosophy, Jackson inserts Shakespeare into the larger contemporary conversation about religion in the modern world. "Ken Jackson's Shakespeare and Abraham poses a powerful model for how a biblical hero can be recovered within a number of divergent dramatic contexts--both Shakespearean and medieval--as well as in philosophy and theology. Writing with great clarity about challenging ideas, Jackson has led us a great deal closer to understanding the meanings that the binding of Isaac held for Shakespeare."--Julia Reinhard Lupton, University of California, Irvine"--
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1965-
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Jackson, Kenneth S.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Shakespeare, William
  • Abraham
  • Fathers and sons in literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
Label
Shakespeare and Abraham, Ken Jackson
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
Control code
898029333
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xii, 172 pages
Isbn
9780268032715
Lccn
2014047519
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)898029333
Label
Shakespeare and Abraham, Ken Jackson
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
Control code
898029333
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xii, 172 pages
Isbn
9780268032715
Lccn
2014047519
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)898029333

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