- Series: Oxford Shakespeare Topics
- Paperback: 165 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 16, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0198184395
- ISBN-13: 978-0198184393
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.5 x 5.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,683,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This informed and useful discussion of the Bible's influence upon and interpretation by Shakespeare...offers a brief but substantial consideration of the importance of biblical knowledge to Shakespeare's greatest plays. Like other volumes in the [Oxford Shakespeare Topics] series, Marx's contribution is designed to provide teachers and students with a sufficiently detailed yet succinctly and accessibly written overview of a current topic of interest.... Marx's contribution to the Oxford series effectively achieves the series's stated aims in a lively and engaging sequence of close readings in context. Students and teachers will doubtless find much of interest here, and, indeed, every teacher of Shakespeare and of the Bible in literature would likely profit from Marx's careful and accessible observations and insights."--South Atlantic Review
"Perhaps my favorite among the new Shakespeare Topics series is Shakespeare and the Bible.... In a tour-de-force of interpretation, [Marx] shows how [the First Folio] was modeled on the new King James Bible."--Tom D'Evelyn, The Providence Journal
"Admirably accessible to both students and teachers.... Scholars will find useful insights into how Shakespeare mined scripture for characterization, theme, allusion, and even dramatic structure in six major plays.... This book provides fresh readings that illuminate both the biblical text and the plays, works too often limited by received ideas, and suggests avenues for future study of Shakespeare's use of the Bible."--Sixteenth Century Journal
"The work is equally about the Bible and Shakespeare. Marx is expert in both.... It is a beautifully organized introduction to the issues that is addresses. It is a tribute to Marx to have covered so much territory so succinctly."--Christianity and Literature
"The book is a welcome, creative exploration of Scripture's bearing on the Bard, an Elizabethan humanist who transposed biblical theology into an anthropological key."--Theology Today
"Shakespeare and the Bible is a perfect example of the kind of refreshing and important work still needed in Shakespearean studies.... A comprehensive and insightful contribution to Shakespearean scholarship [and] should be recommended reading for any serious Shakespearean. For students, the terms are clearly defined, and the subject is made approachable. It would make a wonderful introduction to the world of interdisciplinary studies, especially at a time when students are far too reliant on the footnotes of editors. Shakespeare specialists will also benefit from this reading. Whether as an aid in teaching, research, or interpretation, Marx's book is a strong resource. Most importantly, an improved understanding of the plays, and perhaps the Bible, is everyone's reward."--Criticism
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Steven Marx is Professor of English at Cal Poly University in California.
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Marx' book is excellent cross analysis in the same style as Harold Bloom and Northrup Frye. You will have a better sense of Shakespeare, The Bible, and your own life and what the hell to do with it after reading this slim but satisfying study. Before or after you read this, check out Northrup Frye's two volume study on the Bible, and virtually everything by Harold Bloom. Also read Herbert Schneidau's "Sacred Discontent," for a full historical analysis of the profound influence of the Bible on Western Culture. Love it or hate it, you've got to understand it.
informative, but I was sadly mistaken. Marx uses mainly his own
opinion as "proof" of connections between Shakespeare and
the Bible. Of course there are "connections"--Shakespeare
lived in Elizabethan England. But I wouldn't go so far as to compare
King Lear to Job or The Tempest to Revelations. Marx's comparisions
are feable and superficial at best.
He remains unconvincing
throughout the book, which he pitifully tried to force into a format
like Shakespeare's plays. Each chapter is divided into "five
acts." I would have thought an intellectual would have realized
this format was completely wrong for a non-fiction piece.
There are better books out there.