Catholic Lit Series 2007- Shakespeare and Catholicism


The 2007 series focused on William Shakespeare and his relationship to Catholicism. Shakespeare’s status as one of the greatest authors of all time – perhaps the greatest – is unquestioned, but we were intrigued by the controversial question of his Catholicism.  Even if Shakespeare were not definitively a Roman Catholic, the question of whether a Catholic ethos exists in his works is an important one, and sparked a good deal of debate.  Through this series, we at the Center hoped to inform interested Notre Dame students and the wider South Bend community of these debates and to give them the historical and literary facts necessary to form an intelligent judgment about these matters.  In the process, we hoped to inspire them to revisit the Bard’s superb works. 
"Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Will the Real Shakespeare Please Stand Up?
Evidence for the Bard's Catholicism 

by Prof. Joseph Pearce, Ave Maria University

Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Cracking the Shakespeare Code
by Prof. Peter Holland, University of Notre Dame
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Shakespeare's Dark Matter 
by Ms Clare Asquith, independent scholar & author of Shadowplay: The Hidden Beliefs and Coded Politics of William Shakespeare





Tuesday, October 2, 2007
The Audacity of Shakespeare’s Non-recusant Catholicism
by Prof. John Finnis, University of Notre Dame Law School