RHLSTP | Richard Herring

Prof Farah Karim Cooper

12 January 2024

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The Great White Bard

Richard chats with Farah Karim Cooper about her brilliant thoughtful and challenging book about Shakespeare, The Great White Bard. They discuss how you can still love a writer and challenge their world view, the racial stereotyping in Shakespeare's works and why sometimes it's used to undermine the clichés and sometimes it isn't, how the Tempest is more about colonialism than the teenage Richard realised, how Shakespeare's portraits have become increasingly whiter and his work sometimes misinterpreted for jingoistic purposes, the humanity at the heart of his work which is part of the reason the plays can be universal, despite also sometimes being problematic an did Shakespeare write his own plays!

Buy the book here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Great-White-Bard-Shakespeare-Future/dp/0861545346/