32 episodes

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.

Approaching Shakespeare Oxford University

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    • 4.3, 103 Ratings

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

4.3 out of 5
103 Ratings

103 Ratings

WSG83 ,

Excellent lectures

Really opening up my thoughts on Shakespeare. Prof Smith is such a learned and creative thinker. Sound quality not fantastic, but the relentless coughs are *very* evocative of undergraduate lectures at Oxford

Digriz01 ,

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.

markmck12 ,

Very Informative - shame about the coughing

I'm a final year BA English Lit student, and listen to these lectures while out walking. Always a different angle on the plays which is helpful.

One downside of listening on headphones is that the coughing (occurs at least once per minute) is hard to miss and becomes quite distracting, if not annoying. Crikey, there are some very unhealthy students out there!

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