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Not Shakespeare
Elizabethan and Jacobean Popular Theatre
This series of six lectures introduces six plays from the Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre. Once popular and now little-known, they can tell us a lot about what their first audiences enjoyed, aspired to and worried about - from immigrants in early modern London to the role of women in the household, from what religious changes might mean for attitudes to the dead to fantasies of easy money and social elevation. Each lecture outlines the play so there is no assumption you have already read it, then goes on to try to understand its historical context and its dramatic legacy, drawing...
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Ratings & Reviews
4.6 stars from 99 ratings
An absolute must
Emma Smith is brilliant, extremely clear and such a good lecturer.
Pocket frogs fan #1 via Apple Podcasts · Mexico · 04/28/20
Favourite lecturer series
Well, it’s a tie between this one and her Shakespeare ones.
Greenbean33 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 01/18/18
Kill the cougher!
These are great lectures but the audience sound like they have TB. Painful and very distracting.
markmck12 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 10/20/17
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