Ewan Fernie – “To Sin in Loving Virtue”: Theological Philosophy in Measure for Measure


A one-day seminar hosted by the Department of English Royal Holloway, University of London

Event Date: Friday 28 May 2010

The aim of the seminar is to provide a forum in which to debate the validity and value of treating Shakespeare as a philosopher or his plays as forms of philosophical thought, and of bringing philosophical perspectives, past or present, to bear on his plays and poetry.

Dr Ewan Fernie (Royal Holloway)
“To Sin in Loving Virtue”: Theological Philosophy in Measure for Measure

I begin with Luther‟s preference for theology over philosophy because it „gets at the meat of the nut, the kernel of the corn, or the marrow of the bones‟ and go on to show how Measure for Measure unfolds a demonic theology of desire that indeed does get into the anguished and ecstatic embodiment of human being.

Ewan Fernie is Reader in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Shame in Shakespeare (2002), editor of Spiritual Shakespeares (2005) and co- ordinating editor of Reconceiving the Renaissance (2005). He has recently completed a novel called Dunsinane with Simon Palfrey, with whom he is also General Editor of the ‘Shakespeare Now!’ series. He is currently writing a book on the demonic from Shakespeare to Thomas Mann, and is Principal Investigator of the AHRC/ESRC funded project, „The Faerie Queene Now: Remaking Religious Poetry for Today‟s World‟.


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