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Professor Clare Kinney does an excellent job of bringing fascinating insights to each of the plays she speaks to in this course. Her lectures are well structured, the information is accessible for the lay reader and above all, these lectures will invite and encourage those who have only a high school or college course experience with Shakespeare's tragedies to invest the intellectual energy toward a deeper understanding of the plays.
Note that she doesn't speak to Romeo and Juliet, but (wisely in my view) includes Antony and Cleopatra. However, it would have been excellent if she had included both, in addition to the most popular tragic plays. Undoubtedly, she would also treat R & J with expert analysis as well. She left me curious and wondering what she would have to say.
I wish that producer of The Great Courses would have left out the music and clapping between each lecture. I find that a bit annoying and that it adds nothing to the audio experience.
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What other book might you compare Shakespeare's Tragedies to and why?
Harold Bloom: Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human. Brilliant insights into what Shakespeare means to us today.
Which character – as performed by Professor Clare R. Kinney – was your favorite?
Prof. Kinney effectively weaves dialogue from the plays throughout her lectures.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
In the final lecture about Shakespeare's last works, she was obviously touched by the plot of The Winter's Tale and the redemptive power of the spirit to move past tragedy.
Any additional comments?
I would have paid college tuition to attend this series of lectures. Don't miss it.
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