Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Bible in Shakespeare$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Hannibal Hamlin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199677610

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677610.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 09 April 2020

Allusion: Theory, History, and Shakespeare's Practice

Allusion: Theory, History, and Shakespeare's Practice

(p.77) 3 Allusion: Theory, History, and Shakespeare's Practice
The Bible in Shakespeare

Hannibal Hamlin

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces the history of allusion, one of the essential tropes in literature from the ancient Greeks and Hebrews to the present. Despite the prominence of allusion in literary history, it is curiously absent from the rhetorical treatises of the Greeks, the Romans, and Renaissance Europeans. Both in Latin and in English, the term “allusion” arises in the context of biblical reading. The chapter explores Shakespeare's particular practice of biblical allusion, based partly on the precedents of Marlowe and Kyd, partly on contemporary biblical exegetical practices, such as typological reading. Shakespeare alludes to the Bible in all of his plays, and he alludes to almost every biblical book. Some allusions are brief and localized, others more extended and connected to the play's larger themes and concerns, while still others interconnect in complex allusive patterns.

Keywords:   allusion, intertextuality, source study, literary theory, shakespeare, typology

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .