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The End of Satisfaction: Drama and Repentance in the Age of Shakespeare

Heather Hirschfeld


This book recovers the historical specificity and the conceptual vigor of the term “satisfaction” during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Focusing on the term's significance as an organizing principle of Christian repentance, the book 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, the book suggests, underwrote a variety of theatrical plots “to set things right” in a world shorn of the prospect of “making enough” (satisfacere) ... More

Keywords: satisfaction, Christian repentance, Shakespeare, gratification, penance, Dr. Faustus, The Revenger's Tragedy, The Merchant of Venice, Othello

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780801452741
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452741.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heather Hirschfeld, author
University of Tennessee