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The Christian Literary Imagination

Related: The Future of the Humanities Project

Over the course of the 2020-2021 academic year, the Future of the Humanities Project is sponsoring a series of webinars on the Christian literary imagination in collaboration with Campion Hall and Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford. The Christian Literary Imagination series will explore the role and function of the arts and humanities in the development of the individual and society.

The series features talks by distinguished scholars from both sides of the Atlantic discussing authors or works from Shakespeare to Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Each speaker aims to examine the term "the Christian imagination" through a discussion of a particular writer or an aspect of the term. The hour-long virtual events will be followed by a Q & A chaired by Professor Michael Scott. All events will take place at 11:00 a.m. ET/4:00 p.m. UK.

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Past Events

October 13, 2020

​Rev. Joe Simmons, S.J., Campion Hall, "Identifying the Christian Imagination"

October 27, 2020

​Peter Davidson, Campion Hall, Oxford, "Robert Southwell and the Revitalization of English Writing"

November 10, 2020

​Michael Collins, Georgetown University, "The Ignatian Spirituality of Gerard Manley Hopkins"

November 24, 2020

​Molly Clark, Merton College, Oxford, "Christopher Smart's Alphabetical Imagination"

December 8, 2020

​John Drakakis, University of Stirling, "Dramatizing Atheism in Cyril Tourneur's 'The Atheist's Tragedy'”

January 26, 2021

​Clare Broome Saunders, Blackfriars Hall, "Transformative Conversation: Elizabeth Barrett Browning Literary Imagination"

February 9, 2021

Clare Asquith, Countess of Oxford and Asquith, "Consolation for Catholics in Michael Drayton's Early Poems"

February 23, 2021

Rev. Mark Bosco, S.J., Georgetown University, "Flannery O’Connor the Hillbilly Thomist: Charting A Catholic Modernist Aesthetics"

March 9, 2021

Noël Sugimura, Oxford University, "Early Readings of Milton's Eden and the Erotics in Conjugal Chastity"

March 16, 2021

Paul Edmondson, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, "Scriptural Influence on Shakespeare"

April 27, 2021

Frank Ambrosio, Georgetown University, "The Gospel According to Dante"

May 4, 2021

Dr. Graham Ward, Oxford University, "Sighs for Eden: Traherne, Vaughan and Wordsworth"

May 11, 2021

Jane Stevenson, Oxford University, "Radclyffe Hall: Catholicism and Queerness in Interwar England"

June 1, 2021

Molly Clark, Merton College, Oxford, "St: Poetry Reading and Discussion"

Event Series

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St: Poetry Reading and Discussion

Mary Anne Clark is a contemporary Christian poet and scholar researching rhyme in Shakespeare’s theatre. In a discussion with Michael Scott, Clark read and discussed her poems. They also considered…

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Sighs for Eden: Traherne, Vaughan, and Wordsworth

The poetry of Traherne, Vaughan, and Wordsworth examine a certain correlation between soul and soil. Beneath their pastoralism is a profound sense of loss that pitches the relation of land and longing…

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The Gospel According to Dante

In an apostolic letter issued by Pope Francis on March 25, 2021, commemorating the seventh centenary of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri’s death, Francis declares that Dante’s life and works remain a

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Scriptural Influence on Shakespeare

Playwright William Shakespeare alludes to the Bible many times across his work, but how might we appreciate his use of it? It is perhaps surprising that the character who quotes from the Bible most