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Apr 14, 2021

In this week's episode, we'll be discussing the elements of tyranny and treason as they appear in Shakespeare's play Macbeth as well as modern parallels to the plot and character of Macbeth and the implications of tyranny and treason in the Early Modern Era. 

Shakespeare Anyone? is created, written, produced, and hosted by Kourtney Smith and Elyse Sharp.

Note: When this episode was recorded, Kourtney Smith was "Korey Leigh Smith".

Our theme music is "Neverending Minute" by Sounds Like Sander.

Works referenced:

Frye, Roland Mushat. “Hitler, Stalin, and Shakespeare's Macbeth: Modern Totalitarianism and Ancient Tyranny.” Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 142, no. 1, 1998, pp. 81–109. JSTOR, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

Lemon, Rebecca. “Scaffolds of Treason in ‘Macbeth.’” Theatre Journal, vol. 54, no. 1, 2002, pp. 25–43. JSTOR, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

Meron, Theodor. “Crimes and Accountability in Shakespeare.” The American Journal of International Law, vol. 92, no. 1, 1998, pp. 1–40. JSTOR, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

Mullaney, Steven. “Lying Like Truth: Riddle, Representation and Treason in Renaissance England.” ELH, vol. 47, no. 1, 1980, pp. 32–47. JSTOR, Accessed 31 Jan. 2021.

Paul, Richard. Shakespeare Unlimited Podcast, performance by Stephen Greenblatt, et al., episode 100, Folger Shakespeare Library, 12 June 2018. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

“Sovereignty, Treason Law, and the Political Imagination in Early Modern England.” Treason by Words: Literature, Law, and Rebellion in Shakespeare's England, by Rebecca Lemon, 1st ed., Cornell University Press, ITHACA; LONDON, 2006, pp. 1–22. JSTOR, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

“The Smell of Gunpowder: Macbeth and the Palimpsests of Olfaction.” Untimely Matter in the Time of Shakespeare, by Jonathan Gil Harris, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 2009, pp. 119–140. JSTOR, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.