Professor Emma Smith Myths about Shakespeare

Myths about Shakespeare

Professor Emma Smith (Hertford College, Oxford)

Monday 15 January, 6.00 pm - White Swan

Emma Smith is Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Hertford College, Oxford, and the author of numerous works on Shakespeare including, This Is Shakespeare and, with Laurie Maguire, Thirty Great Myths about Shakespeare. She lectures widely, is an Associate Scholar at the RSC, and is a contributor to radio and tv programmes.

Emma will test out some of the myths about Shakespeare, for example, that he wrote to please the Queen, that he acted the role of Hamlet’s father, or that there is nothing new to be said about his works. She will assess how much truth there is in these and similar widely held beliefs, and also talk about why these myths are so perennial.