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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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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.

The best sleep time podcast I’ve used

The lectures are interesting enough to hold your attention at first, yet dry enough to allow you to drift off to slumber very quickly. Much better than those boring tales where nothing happens or the very interesting tales that can keep you awake. And maybe I’m learning something new in my sleep? I’ve listened to most of the episodes and plan to start over once I’ve finished. Thank you so much, Professor Smith! Sincerely, a grateful student.

Terrific lectures for all

I listened to these a couple of years ago, but can’t seem to access them now in June 2020. Have they been taken down from servers? 😢

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  • Language: English

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