Talk on Shakespeare and political theology by Dr Michael Kirwan (Loyola Institute School of Religion, Trinity College Dublin)
Much of twentieth-century political theology has been a conversation with early modern thought and literature; the figure of William Shakespeare looms large in the work of Kantorowitz, Schmitt, Agamben etc. The recent ‘new historicist’ scholarship on Shakespeare's alleged Catholicism has shed light on a distinctive politics of resistance which can be discerned in his plays. Within this discussion, the role of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) on Shakespeare’s political imagination continues to be hotly controverted. Shakespeare continues to hold up a mirror to our own theo-political anxieties. What does this mirror show us, about political legitimacy and representation, bitterly contested sovereignty, and religious-inspired extremism?
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|27 May 2021||6:00pm - 7:30pm|
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