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Religion & Literature Lecture: Michael D. Hurley

Note: this event has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please watch this space for updates, as we work to reschedule Dr. Hurley's lecture.

Religion & Literature is delighted to announce our annual lecture will be delivered by Michael D. Hurley (University of Cambridge) on April 6th at 6 pm in the Department of English. Dr. Hurley’s topic will be “Gerard Manley Hopkins’s Theodicy,” a topic that he says has “bothered him — in a good way — for some time.” The lecture promises to be determinedly interdisciplinary: picking over how and where literature meets theology when it comes to Hopkins’s theodical thinking in his poems.

The lecture will be followed by a reception, to which all are welcome.

Michael D. Hurley is a Reader in Literature and Theology at the University of Cambridge. He has published widely on literary form and style and on literature’s interrelations with philosophy and theology, and his recent books include Faith in Poetry: Verse Style as a Mode of Religious BeliefG. K. Chesterton, and Poetic Form. Hurley is co-editor of The Hopkins Quarterly, and he will take up a Visiting Fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford, in the Trinity term 2021, to work on an innovative literary biography of Hopkins that shows how poetic composition spurred him to think in surprising, and occasionally dangerous, new ways.

Cover of guest speaker Dr. Hurley's book