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: 28 March 2020

Damnable Iteration: Falstaff, Master of Biblical Allusion

Damnable Iteration: Falstaff, Master of Biblical Allusion

Chapter:
(p.231) 6 Damnable Iteration: Falstaff, Master of Biblical Allusion
Source:
The Bible in Shakespeare
Author(s):

Hannibal Hamlin

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677610.003.0007

The character Falstaff appears in two history plays and a comedy: Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Which allusions does Falstaff make consciously and which unconsciously (or which are diegetic versus non-diegetic, to borrow a useful film-criticism term)? Which are serious and which parodic or even blasphemous? What effect does this have on the audience's response to the Bible-quoting character? Do these factors vary between the genres of history and comedy? This chapter explores these questions as well as the debate about whether the “Falstaff” of these plays is really the same character

Keywords:   Shakespeare, Falstaff, allusion, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, Henry V, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Marprelate, Puritanism, Thomas Nashe

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 .