College of Liberal Arts

"Paul and Shakespeare: From Religious Conflict to Religious Pluralism" Lecture

Thursday Feb 25, 2010 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM | Mezes 1.306

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The Renaissance Institute of the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies presents a lecture with Professor of English and Comparative Literature Julia Reinhard Lupton of the University of California, Irvine.  The lecture, entitled "Paul and Shakespeare: From Religious Conflict to Religious Pluralism," is open to the public as part of the TILTS Spring Lecture Series.

"For Catholics, Paul is with Peter one of the two pillars of the true Church, a flexible thinker who combined faith and works in a fluid relationship that could accommodate and absorb local cults into a truly 'catholic' or universal church. For Protestants, Paul was the first reformer, whose absolute elevation of faith over works was buried under dangerous layers of false ritual until his true meaning was recovered by Luther. Meanwhile, contemporary New Testament scholarship has emphasized Paul's birth and education as a Jew, and his continued fidelity to Israel throughout his life. Other contemporary readers of Paul are interested in his existential philosophy, apart from his faith claims. Using medieval and Renaissance images of Paul as well as the plays of Shakespeare, this talk will look at the several faces of Paul during the Reformation and in our own time in order to understand the way in which the Epistles can be taken as both a call to religious arms and a blueprint for pluralist solutions to religious conflict."

In 2007, Julia Reinhard Lupton was named a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of California, Irvine, in recognition of her contributions to Shakespeare studies. Her most recent book, Citizen-Saints: Shakespeare and Political Theology, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2005. She is also author of Afterlives of the Saints: Hagiography, Typology and Renaissance Literature (Stanford, 1996) and co-author with Kenneth Reinhard of After Oedipus: Shakespeare in Psychoanalysis (Cornell, 1992). She is completing a book entitled Thinking with Shakespeare, under contract with the University of Chicago Press. Lupton’s next book project, “Shakespearean Designs: An Uncommonplace Book,” aims to explore the dark side of Shakespearean domesticity for a general audience.

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