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Approaching Shakespeare

by Oxford University

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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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As an A-Level student I found these lectures to be incredibly interesting and easy to follow. Very useful :)


Dry, sometimes confusing and somehow lacking in the necessary passion on the deliverance. Which means a monotone lecture that can be, dare I say it, boring. She knows her subject, no doubt, but I wish her deliverance were more approachable. Sometimes the main attention catching is the coughing in the background.


Fascinating series, easy to follow and very interesting questions posed.

Approaching Shakespeare
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  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Language: English

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