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Encore Booknotes: Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

Stephen Greenblatt

About the Program

Mr. Greenblatt talked about his book Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, published by W.W. Norton and Company. He described England during Shakespeare's time and discussed how the period's religious and social conflicts shaped Shakespeare's work. He discussed techniques for teaching Shakespeare, the importance of Shakespeare for students of English, and the evolving place Shakespeare occupies in the literary canon. He spoke about William Shakespeare's life and spoke about the circumstances that prompted him to write plays like Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice.

About the Authors

Stephen Greenblatt

Stephen GreenblattStephen Greenblatt is scholar of Rennaissance Literature and a founder of a school of literary criticism, called the “New Historicism,” which examines texts within their cultural and historic context. He was a humanities professor at University of California at Berkley from 1980 to 1997. He now teaches at Harvard University.
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Past Airings

  • Saturday, November 12th at 6pm (ET)
  • Saturday, April 19th at 6pm (ET)
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