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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


The audio can be improved in some parts. Otherwise the professor is wonderful in her presentation and context of the lectures. You need not have read the plays and yet the lectures compel you to read the plays rather than spoil the experience.


Would love more episodes or recommendations for similar lecture courses on WS

A great podcast for anyone interested in literary history

This is one of my favorite podcasts. The instructor is knowledgeable, and the material is fascinating and well-presented. This series of lectures has been a great companion during the COVID-19 pandemic, and I’m only sorry there aren’t more Shakespeare plays to explore with Professor Smith.

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  • Category: Courses
  • Language: English

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