SHAKESPEARE'S WINTER'S TALE AND THE MYTH OF CHILDHOOD INNOCENCE

Autor(en): Kullmann, Thomas 
Stichwörter: Language & Linguistics; Linguistics; Literature
Erscheinungsdatum: 2014
Herausgeber: BRILL ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS
Journal: POETICA-ZEITSCHRIFT FUR SPRACH-UND LITERATURWISSENSCHAFT
Volumen: 46
Ausgabe: 3-4
Startseite: 317
Seitenende: 330
Zusammenfassung: 
The article argues that The Winter's Tale celebrates the innocence and naturalness of children, a notion which contradicts the doctrine of original sin. According to this doctrine, children, even babies, partake of an inherent sinfulness. By constructing children as innocent, Shakespeare positions himself against Calvinist Protestantism which based its theology on the inborn sinfulness of humanity. Amid the conflicting religious and cosmological discourses of Elizabethan and Jacobean England, Shakespeare's view of childhood innocence evinced in a number of plays beside The Winter's Tale leans towards humanist notions of a natural order which is considered innocent and, when disturbed, will reassert itself naturally.
ISSN: 03034178
DOI: 10.1163/25890530-046-02-90000004

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