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Shakespeare: A critical analysis: Track 1


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Is Shakespeare still relevant today? How does his work influence pop culture today? Do the themes of his plays continue to resonate with modern audiences or as a result of his legacy has he become a caricature of himself? Stephen Regan, accompanied by experts from the world Shakespeare congress examine Shakespeare ‘s work from a critical perspective, putting his plays in historical and social context as well as making a critical analysis of the broader questions of performance and audience interaction throughout history.

By: The OpenLearn Team (The Open University)

  • Duration 56 minutes
  • Updated Tuesday 19th April 2011

Track 1: Shakespeare: A cultural icon

Why has Shakespeare become such a cultural hero?

Tracks in this podcast:

Track Title Description
1 Shakespeare: A cultural icon Why has Shakespeare become such a cultural hero? Play now Shakespeare: A cultural icon
2 Shakespeare and popular culture How Shakespeare has influenced contemporary popular culture. Play now Shakespeare and popular culture
3 Shakespeare: A critical analysis How we use our personal influences and theoretical positions to inform our reading of Shakespeare. Play now Shakespeare: A critical analysis
4 New historicism and cultural materialism A discussion debating these two different methods of analysing Shakespeare's work. Play now New historicism and cultural materialism
5 Midsummer Nights Dream: Love and Feminism Were Shakespeare's women denied the right to choose their own lovers? Play now Midsummer Nights Dream: Love and Feminism
6 Shakespeare and colonialism How our perception of Shakespeare's plays can be changed when viewed in an alternative context. Play now Shakespeare and colonialism
7 Gender and gender relations in Shakespeare's plays Different themes often examined such as relationships and femenism and how they're explored within Shakespeare's texts. Play now Gender and gender relations in Shakespeare's plays
8 Shakespeare and performance The importance of a performance and the impact diferent depictions of his work. Play now Shakespeare and performance
9 Shakespeare and audience experience Audience interaction and expectation of Shakespeare's plays. Play now Shakespeare and audience experience
10 Evaluating Shakespeare's work Concluding opinions assessing Shakespeare and his reputation. Play now Evaluating Shakespeare's work
11 Shakespeare: Original pronunciation An introduction by David and Ben Crystal to the 'Original Pronunciation' production of Shakespeare and what they reveal about the history of the English language. Play now Shakespeare: Original pronunciation
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