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Approaching Shakespeare
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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4.4 stars from 438 ratings
A fantastic resource
By asking a small, apparently trivial, question about each play, Emma Smith provides a different approach and gradually opens up the whole play. I have found these lectures fascinating, both for plays I know relatively well and (as she provides a plot summary at the start) for new plays too. She...Read full review »
Audavian via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 08/31/20
Wonderfully thoughtful lectures on all of the Shax plays. Love the unusual thematic approach and the lack of chronology/order so that you can discover the plays in a new sequence. Also suitable for new Shax fans as each lecture has a synopsis. Critical theory mentioned, but doesn’t go into it too...Read full review »
Kayleigh Töyrä via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/27/20
Prof. Emma Smith’s series of lectures are an absolute pearl of wisdom and very valuable. Very easy to follow, very informative but at the same time accessible to anyone and everyone from scholars, students and laymen. She does not take anything for granted but manages to provide original insights...Read full review »
goodwine69 via Apple Podcasts · Italy · 12/13/19
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Professor Emma Smith gives the last of her 2017 Shakespeare lectures on his early comedy, Two Gentlemen of Verona. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales;
Published 12/15/17
Published 12/15/17
Professor Emma Smith continues her Approaching Shakespeare series with a 2017 lecture on the early history play, Henry VI, Part 2. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales;
Published 11/09/17
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