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Christian Shakespeare: Question Mark

Related: The Future of the Humanities Project

Over the course of the 2019-2020 academic year, the Future of the Humanities Project sponsored a series of lectures in collaboration with Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford on the topic “Christian Shakespeare: Question Mark,” including an address by former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

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Past Events

October 22, 2019

Blackfriars-St. Giles, Oxford

Michael Scott, Blackfriars Hall, “Christian Shakespeare: Question Mark– An Introduction to a Series of Talks” [Audio]
Paul Edmondson, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, “The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Shakespeare, and Spirituality” [Audio]

November 26, 2019

Blackfriars-St. Giles, Oxford

Beatrice Groves, Trinity College, “Shakespeare and the Psalms” [Audio]
Michael Collins, Georgetown University, “Shakespeare and the Parables[Audio]

January 28, 2020

Blackfriars-St. Giles, Oxford

Yvette Khoury, Blackfriars, “Nuns and Friars in Shakespeare” [Audio]
Clare Asquith, Literary Historian and Critic, “Shakespeare, Religion, and Toleration” [Audio]

February 18, 2020

Campion Hall, Oxford

Paulina Kewes, Jesus College, Oxford, “Religion and Politics in Hamlet” [Audio]
Elizabeth Schafer, Royal Holloway University, “Measure for Measure, #Me Too, and Performing Christianity Today” [Audio]

March 13, 2020

Loannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, Oxford

Rowan Williams, Magdalene College, Cambridge, “Binding the Sacrifice: Theological Parodies in The Merchant of Venice” [Video]

May 5, 2020

Virtual Event

​Bonnie Lander Johnson, Newnham College, University of Cambridge, "Shakespeare and Eden: Botanical Ornament and the Book of Nature in Cymbeline" [Video]

May 19, 2020

Virtual Event

Andrew Moran, University of Dallas, "Natural and Supernatural Happiness in The Taming of the Shrew" [Video]

​June 2, 2020

Virtual Event

Molly Clark, Merton College, Oxford"Shakespeare and the Morality Plays: A Formal Heritage" [Video]

​June 16, 2020

Virtual Event

John Drakakis, University of Stirling, "Putting Religion to the Question: Political Theology in Shakespeare's Second Tetralogy and Venetian Plays" [Video]

Event Series

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Putting Religion to the Question

The four plays in the Second Tetralogy, and particularly Henry V, raise different kinds of questions resulting from the clash of a spiritually and metaphysically assumed sovereign order with the…

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Shakespeare and the Morality Plays: A Formal Heritage

In the mid-sixteenth-century genre of the morality play the interludes featured personified abstract nouns as their characters, divided into good and evil. These productions would have toured the…