Most authors have a "signature moment," a theme or scene that reoccurs in their work as if they're exploring it from every angle, and Robert Wiltenburg believes that the quintessential Shakespearean theme is mercy. Wiltenburg, the former dean of University College and an adjunct associate professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis, takes us through Shakespeare's comedies, tragedies, and romances to show how mercy evolves in each genre.
This summer, Hold That Thought is celebrating the renown playwright William Shakespeare by delving deep into the texts of his plays and the world in which he was writing. Scholars from across Washington University in St. Louis discuss the competitive business of playwriting in the late 1500s, themes that run in and out of his work, and how his legacy lives on today.
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