James Shapiro

James Shapiro appears in the following:

Our Shakespeare, Ourselves

Friday, April 22, 2016

How the fight over the true identity of William Shakespeare reflects shifting perceptions of culture, class, genius, art, and... ourselves. 

Got Writer's Block? Productivity Tips From Shakespeare

Friday, November 27, 2015

At age forty-two, Shakespeare came out of a writer's block and finished a play—King Lear— and then wrote two other great tragedies: Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra.


Modern Shakespeare

Friday, October 23, 2015

A look at modern reinventions of Shakespeare, like translating his plays into today's vernacular or casting all-female actors.

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Got Writer's Block? Productivity Tips From Shakespeare

Monday, October 19, 2015

At age forty-two, Shakespeare came out of a writer's block and finished a play—King Lear— and then wrote two other great tragedies: Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra.

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Shakespeare in America

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro reveals the ways Shakespeare has influenced the United States’ literary heritage. His anthology Shakespeare in America reveals how, for over two centuries, the plays have been a prism through which crucial American issues—revolution, slavery, war, social justice—were debated and understood. American statesmen and presidents from John Adams to Bill Clinton offer their own testimonies to Shakespeare’s profound and enduring influence.

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If You Prick Us...

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Shakespeare was really into blood. It saturated his work and literally soaked the floorboards in many of his productions. James Shapiro explains what blood meant to The Bard, in a time when the world was just on the cusp of understanding how the powerful, perplexing liquid ...

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The metaphor, magic, and money coursing through our veins...

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“Shakespeare: The King’s Man”

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

James Shapiro talks about his documentary “Shakespeare: The King’s Man,” and reveals little known details about Shakespeare’s life and work.

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Guest Picks: James Shapiro

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his documentary, "Shakespeare: The King's Man." He also told us what he's been reading recently -- aside from the Bard's plays.


Why are bad guys bad?

Monday, January 09, 2012

When we talk about badness and human nature, we keep smacking into a persistent problem: how do you explain cruelty? James Shapiro, professor of English at Columbia University, zeroes in on the drama of this question with a maddening insight from Shakespeare, by way of the villainous Iago.

And that ...

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The Bad Show

Monday, January 09, 2012

We wrestle with the dark side of human nature, and ask whether it's something we can ever really understand, or fully escape.

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Words that Change the World

Monday, August 09, 2010

Susan Schaller believes that the best idea she ever had in her life had to do with an isolated young man she met one day at a community college. He was 27-years-old at the time, and though he had been born deaf, no one had ever taught him to sign. ...

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Monday, August 09, 2010

It’s almost impossible to imagine a world without words. But in this hour, we try to do just that.

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Contested Will

Monday, April 19, 2010

Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro explains when and why so many people began to question whether Shakespeare wrote the plays attributed to him, and examines the history of the controversy, what it means, why it matters, and how it has persisted.

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