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Much Ado about Language

Published: 22 June 2011
Professor Ros King

Why have productions of Shakespeare’s plays remained so popular over the centuries? Professor Ros King is now researching how and why the Bard’s language is so effective in helping actors convey the meaning of his words.

She explored these themes in her inaugural lecture at the Faculty of Humanities, What are we doing when we’re doing Shakespeare?--- or Exit, pursued by a bear,

How can plays that were written more than four hundred years ago, and which many people find so difficult to read, can hold us enthralled in performance? How does Shakespeare’s language work on the body and in the mind of both actor and audience? And how does this relate to what recent research in psychology and neuroscience is telling us about emotions and the brain?

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