Embracing Shakespeare

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This webinar is a conversation I had about different aspects of Shakespearian study with the two general editors of The Oxford Shakespeare Topics series, Professor Peter Holland (McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies, University of Notre Dame) and Professor Stanley Wells, C.B.E. (Honorary President of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust).

We talk about Shakespeare and America, the staging of the history plays, some of the material remains of his time (including Shakespeare’s ring and the dig at New Place), and reviewing Shakespeare.

The talk is very varied – it tries to embrace Shakespeare, as the series itself does – and we greatly enjoyed the hour, especially since we were joined by webinar participants from all over the world.

Thank you to Oxford University Press for sponsoring this webinar.

Hope you enjoy it, and please do join the Twitter conversation by using the hashtag #EmbracingShakespeare.

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Author:Paul Edmondson

Head of Research and Knowledge and Director of the Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival for The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Follow Paul on Twitter @paul_edmondson
  • http://www.csvep.com/registration/view.php?id=399 capgemini

    poor article.just wasted my time here on it.i didn’t like it at all.

  • http://44calibreshakespeare.com Humphrey

    Finally got a chance to listen to this, olympic comms in London screwed up my connection on the day. A veritable wealth of Shakespearean trivia, particularly liked the section on the Folger library and Brenda Putnam’s statue of Puck overlooking Lady Justice across the road haha

    All these Shakespeare festivals sound fantastic. The idea of a remote country town in Oregan going Shakespeare-crazy for a few days… my idea of heaven :)

    Shakespeare’s signet ring, eh? How intriguing… I think the fact it was crossed off his will “as though he had just lost it” is the real clincher! It makes him feel so tangible and close when you picture him doing something as trivial as dropping his ring in the garden, probably when he was pruning the weeds or something (no, not those sorts of weeds… well, maybe, apparently, according to the webinar). I mean, everybody loses stuff all the time don’t we? including Shakespeare! that is what the conspiracy nuts don’t get about Shakespeare; they want to put him on a pedestal and raise him up as some kind of intellectual god, failing to realise he was just like us and it was precisely that connection which gave him such an accurate insight to our daily lives

    another classic SBT webinar big up the oxford topic series crew!

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