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Approaching Shakespeare

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Each lecture in this series focuses on a single play by Shakespeare, and employs a range of different approaches to try to understand a central critical question about it. Rather than providing overarching readings or interpretations, the series aims to show the variety of different ways we might understand Shakespeare, the kinds of evidence that might be used to strengthen our critical analysis, and, above all, the enjoyable and unavoidable fact that Shakespeare's plays tend to generate our questions rather than answer them.
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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

2017-12-1500:44:47

Professor Emma Smith gives the last of her 2017 Shakespeare lectures on his early comedy, Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Henry VI, Part 2

Henry VI, Part 2

2017-11-0900:47:48

Professor Emma Smith continues her Approaching Shakespeare series with a 2017 lecture on the early history play, Henry VI, Part 2.
The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merry Wives of Windsor

2017-10-2500:48:29

Professor Emma Smith lectures on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor.
All's Well That Ends Well

All's Well That Ends Well

2017-10-2500:48:191

Professor Emma Smith lectures on Shakespeare’s comedy All's Well That Ends Well.
Cymbeline

Cymbeline

2017-10-2500:50:28

Professor Emma Smith continues her Approaching Shakespeare series with a lecture on one of Shakespeare’s later plays, Cymbeline.
Timon of Athens

Timon of Athens

2015-06-2300:54:59

Emma Smith finishes her Approaching Shakespeare series with a lecture on the play Timon of Athens.
Love's Labour's Lost

Love's Labour's Lost

2015-05-2700:48:06

Emma Smith continues her Approaching Shakespeare series with a lecture on the play Love's Labour's Lost.
Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

2015-05-1800:49:34

This lecture on Julius Caesar discusses structure, tone, and politics by focusing on the cameo scene with Cinna the Poet.
Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

2015-05-0500:44:15

This lecture on Romeo and Juliet tackles the issue of the spoiler-chorus, in an already-too-familiar play. This podcast is suitable for school and college students.
Coriolanus

Coriolanus

2015-05-0500:52:32

This lecture takes up a detail from Shakespeare’s late Roman tragedy Coriolanus to ask about the representation of character, the use of sources and the genre of tragedy. This podcast is suitable for school and college students.
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