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How to Read and Understand Shakespeare

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Shakespeare's works are among the greatest of humanity's cultural expressions and, as such, demand to be experienced and understood.

But, simply put, Shakespeare is difficult. His language and culture - those of Elizabethan England - are greatly different from our own, and his poetry, thick with metaphorical imagery and double meanings, can be hard to penetrate.

Yet the keys
Published July 8th 2013 by The Great Courses (first published January 1st 2013)
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Brendan Monroe
Sep 15, 2016 Brendan Monroe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great guide to understanding the Bard! While this will be sure to reward even those uninitiated in Shakespeare, it helps to have at least a basic grasp of the plays covered in the course.
George Barker
Dec 29, 2015 George Barker rated it really liked it
I've never been a big Shakespeare person. I've always attributed that to an intellectual and/or cultural deficiency. So I took this (Great Courses) 24 lecture 12 hour course and I actually enjoyed it! Professor Conner's enthusiasm is infectious and motivating. The lectures are described as "innovative and penetrating" and I agree as I now have more understanding, insight and, most importantly, appreciation of Shakespeare's works. I highly recommend this course.
May 16, 2015 Kara rated it liked it
Very good. Dr. Conner goes over 12 plays in depth & talks about some of the others. Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Twelveth Night, Measure for Measure, The Henriad or the tetralogy consisting of Richard II, Henry IV parts I & II & Henry V, The Tempest, Macbeth & Julius Caesar.
Monica Rice
Sep 14, 2016 Monica Rice rated it it was amazing
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Professor Conner did an amazing job helping to unpack themes and contexts that undergird all of Shakespeare's plays. By choosing a core group of plays and focusing closely on them, I was also given tools to apply to all of the other plays as well. If you have an inclination to read Shakespeare at all, I highly recommend this lecture series. If you are well read in Shakespeare already, these lectures are still completely worth your time and attention as they will highlight new ideas or remind you ...more
Jul 20, 2014 Leila rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. Marc C. Conner does a great job and I feel a lot more confident about my Shakespeare. My only problem, was once he had gone over most of the tools, in his last 4 lectures, it became repetitive. Most of the things he commented on I could've easily understood myself. Other than that, I highly recommend this if ever you are interested in understanding Shakespeare in a deeper, more intellectual way.
Jan 11, 2016 Leonard rated it it was amazing
Even though I was an English major in college for several years, my exposure to Shakespeare was minimal. Listening to these college lectures is helping to fill that gap in my education, and I'm beginning to want to see more of his plays on stage, or the movie versions if the stage performance is not available. Now all I need to do is talk my grandson into watching them with me.
Jan 05, 2016 Mcgyver5 rated it it was amazing
rekindled a love for learning! kindled a new awe of Shakespeare. Kind of book I'm reminded of everywhere I look and every word I hear.

I'd recommend it to absolutely everyone. If you plan on studying more Shakespeare, this will give you lots of tools to help you understand more. If you have only a passing interest in the subject, this will fill you in.
Matthew Huff
Nov 05, 2015 Matthew Huff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a great lecture series with a lot of helpful insight and advice on reading his plays. I'm not sure how I feel about the "tool" device, but overall I enjoyed it immensely.
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Dr. Marc C. Conner is the Jo M. and James M. Ballengee Professor of English at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Professor Conner earned his bachelor's degrees in English and philosophy at the University of Washington and his master's and doctoral degrees in English literature at Princeton University.
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