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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.

Customer Reviews

Though provoking

I love these lectures. As someone who studied Shakespeare at Uni and has been going to performances for 30+ years, I still come away from them with new insights and different ways to think about things. Understand them for what they are - encouragements to think in different ways, not claims to explain what the plays are "really" doing - and you'll take a lot from them.


These are valuable explorations of the plays, packed with historical insight and interpretation.


Exactly what you would expect from the way literature is taught now. Life sucked out of it. Also completely wrong about A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Approaching Shakespeare
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  • Category: Higher Education
  • Language: English

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