Titus shoots his arrows bearing petitions for justice to the gods; Claudius asks ‘what form of prayer can serve my turn?’; Lear wishes he could crack the vault of heaven with his prayers. Again and again, Shakespeare dramatises the scenario of the unheard prayer, in which the one who prays does so full well in the knowledge that no one is listening, interested, or even there at all. The scenario is keyed to the anxieties that surrounded the act of praying itself, so full as it was with controversy, the centrepiece of sectarian dispute over what was good and bad religion. This study reads the unheard prayer scenario as itself an appeal for a vision of tolerance, unobtainable perhaps, but nevertheless desired and imagined.
The Unheard Prayer
Edited by Michelle A. Erhardt and Amy M. Morris
Mary Magdalene, Iconographic Studies from the Middle Ages to the Baroque examines the iconographic inventions in Magdalene imagery and the contextual factors that shaped her representation in visual art from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries.
by Pamela Berger
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Edited by Joseph Sterrett and Peter Thomas
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Edited by Richard Kearney and Eileen Rizo-Patron
This collection of essays, narratives, and philosophical reflections on the interreligious imagination explores key historical and contemporary movements of cross-fertilization among our major spiritual traditions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam – as expressed in art, ...
Freek L. Bakker, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands
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