Jeremy (Jem) Bloomfield is Assistant Professor of Literature at the University of Nottingham, and a Reader in the Church of England. His main research interests are Shakespeare and the Bible, the Inklings, and detective fiction. His books include Words of Power: Reading Shakespeare and the Bible (Lutterworth, 2016) and Witchcraft and Paganism in Midcentury Women’s Detective Fiction (Cambridge, 2022). He runs a group at the university which he refers to as the C.S. Lewis Reading Group, but his students insist it’s called Narnia Club, and they’re making badges to prove it.
Shakespearean references are a familiar sight in English-speaking Christian writing and preaching. His works supply apt tags, dramatic ethical situations, familiar characters and ringing language. This ubiquity of Shakespeare is […]