EMC CPD Online: Shakespearean Tragedy – a Lecture from Kiernan Ryan (Twilight 19.1.22)

Professor Kiernan Ryan is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at The Shakespeare Institute who aims to create ways of interpreting Shakespeare’s plays that reveal their revolutionary vision of his world and their power to transform our perception of our world. This lecture will outline the argument of his ground-breaking new book on Shakespearean tragedy and illustrate it through close readings of key scenes in HamletOthello and King Lear.

This is an EMC lecture, with Q&A. These lectures, from experts in their field, are designed to refresh and enrich teacher subject knowledge rather than apply directly to classroom practice.

Further details

  • This course will be recorded but participants will not be audible or visible.


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Course tutor: Professor Kiernan Ryan

Kiernan Ryan is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London and an Emeritus Fellow of Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. He is the author of Shakespeare (3rd edn, 2002), Shakespeare's Comedies (2009), Shakespeare's Universality: Here's Fine Revolution (2015) and Shakespearean Tragedy (2021), further information about which can be found at Shakespearean Tragedy: Kiernan Ryan: The Arden Shakespeare (bloomsbury.com)

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