Shakespeare and the Afterlife Audiobook, by John Garrison Play Audiobook Sample

Shakespeare and the Afterlife Audiobook

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Read By: Steven Crossley Publisher: Highbridge Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Oxford Shakespeare Topics Series Release Date: December 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781684417070

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

11

Longest Chapter Length:

44:37 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

05:51 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

35:19 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

1

Publisher Description

The question of what happens after death was a vital one in Shakespeare's time, as it is today. And, like today, the answers were by no means universally agreed upon. Early moderns held surprisingly diverse beliefs about the afterlife and about how earthly life affected one's fate after death. Was death akin to a sleep where one did not wake until judgment day? Were sick bodies healed in heaven? Did sinners experience torment after death? Would an individual reunite with loved ones in the afterlife? Could the dead return to life? Was immortality possible? The wide array of possible answers to these questions across Shakespeare's work can be surprising.

Exploring how particular texts and characters answer these questions, Shakespeare and the Afterlife showcases the vitality and originality of the author's language and thinking. We encounter characters with very personal visions of what awaits them after death, and these visions reveal new insights into these individuals' motivations and concerns as they navigate the world of the living.

Shakespeare and the Afterlife encourages us to engage with the author's work with new insight and new curiosity. The volume connects some of the best-known speeches, characters, and conflicts to cultural debates and traditions circulating during Shakespeare's time.

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“[A] small but deeply satisfying book.”

— Los Angeles Review of Books on Glass 

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About the Authors

John Garrison is associate professor of English at Grinnell College. He has held fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, the Beinecke Library at Yale University, the Medieval Academy of America, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About Steven Crossley

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.