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Beyond Purgatory

Timothy Chesters

in Ghost Stories in Late Renaissance France: Walking by Night

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199599806
eISBN:
9780191723537
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599806.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, European Literature

This chapter reproaches some Reformation historians with what Amartya Sen might call a ‘solitarist’ approach to ghosts. According to many historians and literary critics, the return of the dead in ... More


Freedom, Suicide, & Self  hood

Brian Cummings

in Mortal Thoughts: Religion, Secularity, & Identity in Shakespeare and Early Modern Culture

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199677719
eISBN:
9780191778605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677719.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, European Literature

This chapter considers suicide in Shakespeare, Montaigne, and Donne, to make an openly metaphysical and philosophical argument. Suicide is central to the psychological and sociological turn that has ... More


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