“Don’t Forget the Dead Children”: A Conversation on Shakespeare and Cultural Apologetics

I wrote in one of my last posts about my funny journey from knowing barely anything about Shakespeare to writing a 6,000ish word essay on Macbeth movies for the latest issue of An Unexpected Journal. On December 17, 2022, I got to take part in a conversation with the other contributors about their essays, as well as their thoughts about Shakespeare and cultural apologetics.

Since the issue’s co-editor Joe Ricke would be talking with me (and theatre director Tracy Manning) about our contributions, he sent a few notes about what the discussion would look like, and highlights from our contributions that we should bring up. His most memorable notes to me were: “Explain the Tolkien thing, Connor. Explain the version with the dead children.”

Intrigued? I hope so.

Below is the livestream from the event. Among other things, you will see me answering questions about what how a famous Tolkien comment connects to Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, and how dead children take on surprising significance in Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth. And some very bright people (including poet-historians like Jennifer Woodruff Tait and Shakespeare specialists like Sarah R.A. Waters) talking their special additions to this project.

If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy these videos of me presenting on the Inklings and other topics:

The Faith and Friendship of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien Part 1

The Faith and Friendship of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien Part 2

Lovecraft and Tolkien: Dread, Horror and Human Flourishing


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