The End of Satisfaction: Drama and Repentance in the Age of Shakespeare (Pretty Little Liars (eBook))
The End of Satisfaction: Drama and Repentance in the Age of Shakespeare (Pretty Little Liars (eBook))
The End of Satisfaction: Drama and Repentance in the Age of Shakespeare (Pretty Little Liars (eBook))
Hirschfeld Heather

The End of Satisfaction: Drama and Repentance in the Age of Shakespeare (Pretty Little Liars (eBook))

  • Publish Date: 2014-05-20
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Heather Hirschfeld

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In The End of Satisfaction, Heather Hirschfeld recovers the historical specificity and the conceptual vigor of the term satisfaction during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Focusing on the terms significance as an organizing principle of Christian repentance, she examines the ways in which Shakespeare and his contemporaries dramatized the consequences of its re- or de-valuation in the process of Reformation doctrinal change. The Protestant theology of repentance, Hirschfeld suggests, underwrote a variety of theatrical plots to set things right in a world shorn of the prospect of making enough (satisfacere).

Hirschfelds semantic history traces todays use of satisfactionas an unexamined measure of inward gratification rather than a finely nuanced standard of relational exchangeto the pressures on legal, economic, and marital discourses wrought by the Protestant rejection of the Catholic sacrament of penance (contrition, confession, satisfaction) and represented imaginatively on the stage. In so doing, it offers fresh readings of the penitential economies of canonical plays including Dr. Faustus, The Revengers Tragedy, The Merchant of Venice, and Othello; considers the doctrinal and generic importance of lesser-known plays including Enough Is as Good as a Feast and Loves Pilgrimage; and opens new avenues into the study of literature and repentance in early modern England.

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