Chanita Goodblatt. Jewish and Christian Voices in English Reformation Biblical Drama: Enacting Family and Monarchy. London and New York: Routledge, 2018
Chanita Goodblatt’s Jewish and Christian Voices in English Reformation Biblical Drama: Enacting Family and Monarchy rides the second wave of the turn to religion in early modern literary studies, exploring the intertextuality relationships between a series of Renaissance plays and the biblical texts they adapt, as well as the commentaries that interpret those texts. A particular strength is her drawing on both Jewish and Christian interpretive traditions, showing how the latter is often dependent upon the former. She also reads these plays, along with their intertexts, within their historical periods, the history itself (both the events and texts generated by them) another of the intertexts that so enriches the drama, and to which the drama contributes. The overarching theme is family and monarchy (the two inextricable in the Tudor period), but other through threads include the nature of performance in both drama and language, narrative, metaphor, and allegory.
Keywords: Bible; Renaissance drama; intertextuality; Reformation; David ad Bethsabe
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