Jessica Chiba/ John Crace/ Tim Crouch

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For Victor Hugo, ‘all forms of the multiple reality, actions and ideas, man and humanity’ can be found in Shakespeare. Perhaps this is the reason why, over 400 years after his death, we continue to study, perform, and re-read his plays in search of truths about ourselves and the world. Should we think of Shakespeare as a philosopher? Can reading him philosophically add to our understanding of his work, or is it simply another way of trying to contain this ‘myriad-minded’ (Coleridge) thinker?

Jessica Chiba, Teaching Fellow in English, Royal Holloway, University of London
John Crace, Journalist, critics, and author of the Penguin Incomplete Shakespeare series
Tim Crouch, Playwright and theatre maker

Danielle Sands, Fellow, the Forum; Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Culture, Royal Holloway, University of London

Recorded on 30 April 2018 at the LSE.