The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1995 Tuesday, 16 November 1999.
Date: Monday, 15 Nov 1999 11:24:51 PST
Subject: Fall of Man
This question doesn't relate to Shakespeare per se, but to the early
modern period in general.
I am currently working on a project for a graduate class in English
Renaissance Lit in which I examine how the theme of the Fall of Man is
depicted from the beginning of the period to the end. It is my
contention that there is a shift in focus in the theme from the original
sin aspect to the concept of redemption that coincides with the shift
from Catholicism to Puritanism. I hope to examine a handful of texts
from both points in the period to support my thesis. However, I am much
more familiar with Elizabethan and later writers and works than with the
earlier subjects. Can anyone give me an idea of texts from the
beginning of the period that deal with the Fall of Man? Thanks.
Eastern Michigan University