News | 8 April 2022

Shakespeare’s Psalms: A Community Seminar Series



Shakespeare cited the Psalms more than any other book of the Bible. What did it mean to him? This series, co-hosted by Julia Lupton (UCI) and Sean Keilen (UCSC) explores the presence of psalms in Shakespeare’s poetic imagery, psychological insights, and contributions to wisdom. The series consists of seven Wednesday meetings, 12:00-1:15pm PT, and is free and open to all.

Guest speakers include Robert Alter (April 13), author of The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentaryand many other works on the Hebrew Bible. We are also pleased to welcome Hannibal Hamlin, author of Psalm Culture in and Early Modern Literature and the editor of The Sidney Psalter: Psalms of Sir Philip and Mary Sidney. Our Kirk Davis Jr. Public Shakespeare Lecture will feature Rev. Dr.  Paul Edmondson, Head of Research at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Check back here for exact dates of guest talks.

Program dates, Spring 2022:

April 13: Robert Alter (separate registration)
April 20: Julia Lupton, introduction to “Shakespeare and Psalms”
April 27: Julia Lupton, “The Tempest: Shakespeare’s Psalter”
May 4: Hannibal Hamlin, “”Why Macbeth should have stopped worrying and loved the Psalms.”
May 11: Shaina Trapedo, Yeshiva University, “Shakespeare and the Penitential Psalms”
May 18: Sean Keilen, UCSC, “Like prayers divine”: Wisdom in Shakespeare’s Sonnets
June 1: Paul Edmondson, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, “Shakespeare’s Psalms: Hearing the Holiness of the Heart’s Affections”
(Kirk Davis Jr Public Shakespeare Lecture)

Register for the series (except Alter)
Separate registration for Robert Alter

This series is a co-production of the New Swan Shakespeare Center at UC, Irvine and the Shakespeare Workshop at UC, Santa Cruz. Please contact Julia Lupton,, for information.

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