Why Shakespeare's Stories Still Resonate

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Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 8

"I prithee speak to me as to thy thinkings" Othello (3.3.152)

How do Shakespeare's works, written so long ago, still speak to us today?

Just as actors and directors strive to work out this question on the stage, the academy continues to find new meaning in Shakespeare, too.

Rebecca Sheir, host of our Shakespeare Unlimited series, talks with scholars Gail Kern Paster and Jeremy Lopez about why we continue to learn something new from Shakespeare's plays more than four hundred years after their first performance.

Gail Kern Paster is director emerita of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Jeremy Lopez is an associate professor of English at the University of Toronto and former National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the Folger.

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From the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast series. © August 13, 2014. Folger Shakespeare Library. All rights reserved.

Written and produced for the Folger Shakespeare Library by Richard Paul. Garland Scott is associate producer. Edited by Esther Ferington.

We had help gathering material for this podcast series from Amy Arden.

 

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