Shakespeare And Contemporary Theory With Neema Parvini



In this podcast Dr Neema Parvini, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Surrey, and author of several books, interviews various Shakespeare scholars and literary theorists from around the world in a bid to gain an understanding of the current state of play in Shakespeare studies and in literary criticism more generally. Through a series of candid talks, it will tackle the biggest theoretical and practical questions that have preoccupied scholars and readers of Shakespeare alike for generations: the idea that history is driven by human beings versus the idea that it is driven by forces beyond our control, the individual versus society, nature versus nurture, and freedom versus determinism.


  • SCT #36: Shakespeare and Counterfactual Thinking with Amir Khan

    28/04/2017 Duration: 50min

    What would Hamlet be like if we didn't already know what was going to happen? What would the play look like if we only knew what Hamlet knew? Neema talks to Amir Khan (Missouri State University) whose book Shakespeare in Hindsight: Counterfactual Thinking and Shakespearean Tragedy helps us think about exactly these sorts of questions. Amir Khan's Shakespeare in Hindsight (2015): Links to panels from the Shakspeare Association of America's Annual Meeting 2017: Queer Natures: Bodies, Sexualities, Environments: The Color of Membership:

  • SCT #35: Shakespeare, Character and Morality with James A. Knapp

    23/03/2017 Duration: 59min

    Neema talks to James A. Knapp (Loyola University Chicago) about Shakespeare, Character and Morality. Topics include: the motivations of literary characters, emotions and human nature, ethics, and partisanship / political bubbles. Knapp's essay "Beyond Materiality in Shakespeare Studies" (2014):

  • SCT #34: Shakespeare and Trump with Jeffrey R. Wilson

    25/11/2016 Duration: 01h08min

    Neema welcomes Jeffrey R. Wilson (Harvard) to discuss the election of Donald Trump, its impact on the intellectual climate, and some of the ways in which Shakespeare was used in the coverage of the US election. Wilson’s essay, “Public Shakespeareanism: The Bard in the 2016 American Presidential Election,” is available upon request from the author; email The instances of “public Shakespeareanism” discussed in the essay and the podcast include: Andrew Cutrofello, “Shakespeare and Trump: What’s in a Name?” (December 15, 2015), Brian Leiter, “Shakespeare on Trump: Money Made the Man,” The Huffington Post (Feb 29, 2016), Charles McNulty, “The Theater of Trump: What Shakespeare can teach us about the Donald,” Los Angeles Times (May 26, 2016),