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Shakespeare and the Afterlife

Format: Graduate Textbook
Media: Hardback
PublisherCode: 9780198801092
Publisher: OUP Oxford

Shakespeare and the Afterlife is the first book to focus on discussions of what happens after death within the author's body of work. It is written in a clear, jargon-free style that makes it ideal for students, teachers, and others with an interest in Shakespeare's plays and poems. The volume traces the appearance of supernatural elements (e.g., ghosts, demons, and witches) and religious beliefs (e.g., heaven, hell, purgatory) across the most well-known plays and poems, as well as less frequently studied or performed works. The book's discussion of the afterlife brings new insight into characters' motivations and cultural contexts. It also helps place the texts in relation to ongoing religious and intellectual debates during Shakespeare's time.

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