課程資訊
課程名稱
莎士比亞與聖經
SHAKESPEARE AND THE BIBLE 
開課學期
98-2 
授課對象
文學院  外國語文學研究所  
授課教師
魏思博 
課號
FL7177 
課程識別碼
122 M5200 
班次
 
學分
全/半年
半年 
必/選修
選修 
上課時間
星期一2,3,4(9:10~12:10) 
上課地點
外文會議室 
備註
第二類。
限碩士班以上
總人數上限:10人 
 
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課程概述

This course explores the importance of the Bible for an understanding of Shakespeare’s plays.
Students will become acquainted with Reformation Bibles, including the most popular and widely
circulated Bible of the late sixteenth century, the Geneva Bible, in order to appreciate the cultural
context in which Shakespeare was writing and to understand Shakespeare’s own manipulation of
biblical text for a wide variety of purposes.


評量方式 Grading
The course will be assessed through a research portfolio to be submitted in week 9 and a final
research paper of 5000 words in length in week 18


進度 Syllabus

??1?? An introduction to Shakespeare’s biblical world
??2?? Richard III
??3?? Richard II
??4?? 1 Henry IV
??5?? 2 Henry IV
??6?? 3 Henry V
??7?? The Comedy of Errors
??8?? The Merchant of Venice
??9?? Mid-term submission of research portfolio
??10?? Measure for Measure
??11?? Hamlet
??12?? King Lear
??13?? Macbeth
??14?? The Winter’s Tale
??15?? Cymbeline King of Britain
??16?? The Tempest
??17?? Shakespeare and the Bible workshop
??18?? Final Exam Submission of final papers and review.

 

課程目標
The course will acquaint students with Shakespeare’s biblical culture and thereby encourage a deeper
understanding of biblical references in Shakespeare’s plays so that they can contribute usefully to
this neglected area of academic debate. 
課程要求
Students will circulate e-mail comments about the texts each week to enable in-depth class
discussion of the plays.
In the week preceding the beginning of classes materials will be left in the DFLL office which
students must collect and read for the first class.

 
預期每週課後學習時數
 
Office Hours
 
參考書目
A course pack of essential materials will be provided for this course. You should use the Norton
Shakespeare (Greenblatt, Stephen. Ed. The Norton Shakespeare : Based on the Oxford edition. New
York and London: WW Norton & Company, 1997) for class to facilitate discussion of all of the
plays and to enable you to annotate your text. You should use Arden Shakespeare editions of the
plays on which you will focus your term paper because these have useful scholarly footnotes and
bibliographies. Electronic versions of the biblical texts will be read from Early English Books
On-line.

Secondary reading:
Alter, Robert. The Art of Biblical Narrative. London: Allen & Unwin, 1981.

Bevington, David M. Tudor Drama and Politics: A Critical Approach to Topical Meaning.
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1968.
Bond, Ronald, B. Certain Sermons or Homilies (1547) and A Homily Against
Disobedience and Wilful Rebellion (1570). Toronto, Buffalo and London: University of Toronto
Press, 1984.
Briggs, Julia. This Stage-Play World: Texts and Contexts, 1580-1625. Oxford: Oxford University
Press, 1997.
Diehl, Huston. ‘ “Infinite Space”: Representation and Reformation in Measure for Measure”.
Shakespeare Quarterly. 49 (1998) 393-410.
Dollimore, Jonathan. Radical Tragedy: Religion, Ideology and Power in the Drama of Shakespeare
and his Contemporaries. Brighton: Harvester. 1984.
Frye, Northrop. The Great Code: the Bible and literature. New York: Harcourt Brace
Jovanovich, 1982.
Goldberg, Jonathan. James I and the Politics of Literature. Stanford: Stanford University Press,
1989.

Gurr, Andrew. The Shakespearean Stage, 1547-1642. 3rd. ed. Cambridge : Cambridge University
Press, 1992.
Hassell, Chris. “Last Words and Last Things : St. John, Apocalypse, and Eschatology in Richard III”.
Shakespeare Studies. 18 (1986) 25-40.
Helgerson, Richard. Forms of Nationhood: The Elizabethan Writing of England. Chicago: University
of Chicago Press, 1992.
Hirst, Derek. and Richard Strier. Eds. Writing and Political Engagement in Seventeenth-Century
England. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Holdernesss, Graham. Shakespeare: The Histories. Basingstoke and London: Macmillan. 2000.
Holland, Peter. English Shakespeares. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Howard. Jean, and Phyllis Rackin. Engendering a Nation. London and New York : Routledge, 1997.
Jones, Edwin. The English Nation: the great myth. Stroud: Sutton, 1998.
Marx, Stephen. Shakespeare and the Bible. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2000.
Milward, Peter. Biblical Influences in Shakespeare’s Great Tragedies. Bloomington, Ind: Indiana
University Press, 1987.
Norton, David. A History of the English Bible as Literature. Cambridge : Cambridge University
Press, 2000.
Orgel, Stephen. The Illusion of Power: Political Theater in the English Renaissance. London:
University of California Press, 1975.
Rackin, Phyllis. Stages of History : Shakespeare’s English Chronicles. Ithica, New York: Cornell
University Press, 1990.
Ryan, Kiernan. Shakespeare: Texts and Contexts. Basingstoke: Macmillan Press and The Open
University. 2000
Schleiner, Louis. ‘Providential Improvisation in Measure for Measure’. PMLA 92 (March 1982)
227- 243.
Shaheen, Naseeb. Biblical References in Shakespeare’s History Plays. Newark, Del : University of
Delaware Press, 1989.
Stachniewski, John. The Persecutory Imagination: English Puritanism and the Literature of
Religious Despair. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1991.
Velz, Sarah. ‘Man’s Need and God’s Plan in Measure for Measure and Mark IV’. Shakespeare
Survey. 25 (1972) 37-44.
Wilson, Richard. Will Power : Essays on Shakespearean Authority. Detroit : Wayne State University
Press, 1993.

 
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