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Approaching Shakespeare Lecture Series
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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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Arts and Humanities
Literature
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Lecture
Provider:
University of Oxford
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Author:
Emma Smith
Date Added:
01/06/2013
Great Writers Inspire: Early Modern Drama on the Page and Stage
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Many books and university courses, trying to compensate for a history of the neglect or mistrust of plays as performance, use the phrase "from page to stage" to think about the dramatic possibilities of their texts. In fact, for the early modern theatre, the phrase needs to be the other way around--from stage to page. Plays were performances first, and only later, and then only sometimes, books. This section of Great Writers gathers resources--podcasts, eBooks, websites--to explore the two interconnected lives of the early modern play--as an event in time and space on the stage of the Globe or Blackfriars theatre, and as a material printed object, on sale to Elizabethan and Jacobean readers in the booksellers' quarter around St Paul's Churchyard.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
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University of Oxford
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Great Writers Inspire
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Emma Smith
Kate O'Connor
Katherine Duncan-Jones
Tiffany Stern
Date Added:
02/12/2013
Great Writers Inspire: Economic and Social Literary Criticism
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This section brings together resources from the across the Great Writers Inspire site to illustrate how these can be used as a starting point for exploration of or classroom discussion about economic and social literary criticism. The 'Economic and Social Literary Criticism' essay introduces a series of topics and questions and gives examples of resources to explore. It is aimed at teachers, students and anyone who is interested in literature who wants to put text into context and be inspired by Great Writers.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
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University of Oxford
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Emma Smith
Jennifer Batt
Kate O'Connor
Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
Date Added:
02/12/2013
Great Writers Inspire: Political Literature
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This section brings together resources from the across the Great Writers Inspire site to illustrate how these can be used as a starting point for exploration of or classroom discussion about the political aspects of literature. The 'Approaching Political Literature' essay introduces a series of topics and questions and gives examples of resources to explore. It is aimed at teachers, students and anyone who is interested in literature who wants to put text into context and be inspired by Great Writers.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
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Great Writers Inspire
Author:
Catherine Brown
Emma Smith
Kate O'Connor
Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
Date Added:
02/12/2013
Great Writers Inspire: Questioning Genre
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This section brings together resources from the across the Great Writers Inspire site to illustrate how these can be used as a starting point for exploration of or classroom discussion about genre. The 'Questions of Genre' essay introduces a series of topics and questions and gives examples of resources to explore. It is aimed at teachers, students and anyone who is interested in literature who wants to put text into context and be inspired by Great Writers.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
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University of Oxford
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Author:
Emma Smith
Joshua Billings
Kate O'Connor
Nicholas Perkins
Oliver Taplin
Date Added:
02/12/2013
Great Writers Inspire: Shakespeare's Contemporary Dramatists
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The Elizabethan and Jacobean theatres specialized in new plays which had relatively few performances over a period of a few weeks. There was thus a huge appetite for fresh writing, and hundreds of plays, many now lost, were produced, often collaboratively. In this section of Great Writers Inspire some of these non-Shakespearean plays and authors are introduced through a combination of podcasts, eBooks and supporting materials.

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Literature
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University of Oxford
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Author:
Emma Smith
Kate O'Connor
Date Added:
02/12/2013
Not Shakespeare: Elizabethan and Jacobean Popular Theatre
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This series of six lectures introduces six plays from the Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre. Once popular and now little-known, they can tell us a lot about what their first audiences enjoyed, aspired to and worried about - from immigrants in early modern London to the role of women in the household, from what religious changes might mean for attitudes to the dead to fantasies of easy money and social elevation. Each lecture outlines the play so there is no assumption you have already read it, then goes on to try to understand its historical context and its dramatic legacy, drawing parallels with modern film and contemporary culture as well as with Elizabethan material. The lecturer's aim with students in the room and with interested listeners on iTunes U is to broaden our understanding of the theatre Shakespeare wrote for by thinking about some non-Shakespearean drama, and to recreate some of the excitement and dramatic possibilities of the new, popular technology of Renaissance theatre.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lecture
Reading
Provider:
University of Oxford
Provider Set:
University of Oxford Podcasts
Author:
Emma Smith
Date Added:
11/05/2009