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  1. King Lear (2012 Audio)

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    Approaching Shakespeare

    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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  2. As You Like It (2012 Audio)

    Series
    Approaching Shakespeare

    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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  3. Hamlet (2012 Audio)

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    Approaching Shakespeare

    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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  4. Midsummer Night’s Dream, A (2012 Audio)

    Series
    Approaching Shakespeare

    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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  5. Taming of the Shrew (2012 Audio)

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    Approaching Shakespeare

    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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  6. Merchant of Venice, The (2012 Audio)

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    Approaching Shakespeare

    This lecture on The Merchant of Venice discusses the ways the play’s personal relationships are shaped by models of financial transaction, using the casket scenes as a central example.

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  7. Anthony and Cleopatra (2011 Audio)

    Series
    Approaching Shakespeare

    A detailed examination of the nature of this Shakespearean tragedy given its rare feature of having two central characters.

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  8. Titus Andronicus (2011 Audio)

    Series
    Approaching Shakespeare

    Focusing in detail on one particular scene, and on critical responses to it, this sixth Approaching Shakespeare lecture on Titus Andronicus deals with violence, rhetoric, and the nature of dramatic...

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  9. Twelfth Night (2011 Audio)

    Series
    Approaching Shakespeare

    The seventh Approaching Shakespeare lecture takes a minor character in Twelfth Night - Antonio - and uses his presence to open up questions of sexuality, desire and the nature of romantic comedy.

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  10. Tempest, The (2011 Audio)

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    Approaching Shakespeare

    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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