On Friday 22nd July, Waterstones Nottingham opened its doors to welcome two titans of the English-speaking culture- and, of course- Prof Jem Bloomfield.
At the event guests received a talk from the author, discussing his work, inspiration and passion for both literary and religious texts.
This was followed by a Q&A session, before the guests could receive a signed copy of their own.
The book has already been a success with critics and public alike, gaining the #1 spot on Amazon’s Christianty and Biblical Literature bestseller lists for some time!
“This excellent study provides a fresh and intriguing approach to the cultural status of what Jem Bloomfield calls ‘Shakespeare and the Bible’. Engagingly written and full of surprising insights, Words of Power argues for the overlap between how these texts are approached in both popular and scholarly culture. Bloomfield takes concepts from biblical scholarship and fruitfully explores how they can be used to challenge preconceptions about the way that both Shakespeare and the Bible should be read.”
Beatrice Groves, Research Lecturer in Renaissance Literature, University of Oxford
“Jem Bloomfield’s lively study asks what it means to put faith in a book. It unpicks the historical contingency of both the Bible and Shakespeare’s works, and demonstrates that the more interesting question is not what these books are, but what they are needed to be. By highlighting the role played by tradition, assumption and worldview in shaping reading practices, Bloomfield makes an important call for critical awareness of how words, both sacred and secular, gain their power.”
Peter Kirwan, Assistant Professor in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama, University of Nottingham
“Packed with material that has made me think in new ways, not only about the Bible and Shakespeare, but also more widely about the nature of a ‘canon’, what makes a text ‘sacred’, different ways of reading familiar texts, the nature of performance and proclamation, how texts form communities and identities, and the complex ways in which texts are appropriated and quoted.”
John Halton, Curlew River (blog), March 2016
Jem Bloomfield is an Assistant Professor of Literature at the University of Nottingham. A scholar of Renaissance literature, he studied at Oxford before earning his PhD from the University of Exeter. In his free time, he blogs about Shakespeare, Christianity, and feminism – and occasionally detective fiction – at quiteirregular.wordpress.com.