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  1. Tempest, The (Audio)

    Subject
    Drama

    That the character of Prospero is a Shakespearean self-portrait is a common reading of The Tempest: this tenth Approaching Shakespeare lecture asks whether that is a useful reading of the play.

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  2. Henry IV, Part 1 (Audio)

    Subject
    Shakespeare

    Like generations of theatre-goers, this lecture concentrates on the (large) figure of Sir John Falstaff and investigates his role in Henry IV part 1. Lecture 11 in the Approaching Shakespeare series.

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  3. Comedy of Errors, The (Audio)

    Subject
    Drama

    Lecture 12 in the Approaching Shakespeare series asks how seriously we can take the farcical exploits of Comedy of Errors, drawing out the play’s serious concerns with identity and selfhood.

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  4. Pericles, Prince of Tyre (Audio)

    Subject
    Drama

    Pericles has been on the margins of the Shakespearean canon: this fourteenth lecture in the Approaching Shakespeare series shows some of its self-conscious artistry and contemporary popularity.

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  5. King John (Audio)

    Subject
    Shakespeare

    At the heart of King John is the death of his rival Arthur: this fifteenth lecture in the Approaching Shakespeare series looks at the ways history and legitimacy are complicated in this plotline.

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  6. King Lear (Audio)

    Subject
    Drama

    Showing how generations of critics - and Shakespeare himself - have rewritten the ending of King Lear, this sixteenth Approaching Shakespeare lecture engages with the question of tragedy and why it gives...

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  7. As You Like It (Audio)

    Subject
    Drama

    Asking ‘what happens in As You Like It’, this lecture considers the play’s dramatic structure and its ambiguous use of pastoral, drawing on performance history, genre theory, and eco-critical approaches.

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  8. Hamlet (Audio)

    Subject
    Drama

    The fact that father and son share the same name in Hamlet is used to investigate the play’s nostalgia, drawing on biographical criticism and the religious and political history of early modern England.

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  9. Midsummer Night’s Dream, A (Audio)

    Subject
    Drama

    This lecture on A Midsummer Night’s Dream uses modern and early modern understandings of dreams to uncover a play less concerned with marriage and more with sexual desire.

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  10. Taming of the Shrew (Audio)

    Subject
    Drama

    Emma Smith uses evidence of early reception and from more recent productions to discuss the question of whether Katherine is tamed at the end of the play.

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