Macbeth, Macbeth: Day 4

By | July 14, 2016

“One of the things we hope is that the book is a sort of testimony or its own small monument to the extra life in the play, the  uncontainable… it would be nice to think that the reader takes what we’ve done as permission, as authorisation, as a kind of blessing on their own fugitive responses.”

Ewan Fernie

In today’s instalment of our celebrations of the publication of Macbeth, Macbeth, we’re delighted to present an interview with the book’s authors: Ewan Fernie, Professor and Chair of Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Institute (University of Birmingham), Stratford-upon-Avon, and Simon Palfrey, Professor of English Literature at Brasenose College, University of Oxford.

Speaking to David Avital, Publisher for Literary Studies at Bloomsbury, the authors discuss such topics as:

  • Rediscovering Macbeth through the act of writing
  • The parallels between Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov
  • Criticism, art and moral judgement
  • Women in Macbeth’s masculine world
  • How Shakespeare critics have reacted to Macbeth, Macbeth

Macbeth Macbeth – Interview 1 – Introduction

And keep an eye on the Beyond Criticism series website at for further audio interviews with the authors.

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