Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by UBC Arts One. Shakespeare’s final, richly allegorical play has been subjected to widely differing interpretation. Shakespeare disguises these dangerous interests in a subtle allegory hinging on an established linkage between seamanship and rulership, and in the seemingly minor characters of boatswain, master, and ships crew. Dominant readings aside, this play has as much to do with statecraft as stagecraft.


Robert Crawford has taught in the Arts One program at the University of British Columbia since 1996. He holds a Ph.D in Political Science (UBC 1995), and specializes in International Relations and Political Philosophy. He attributes his continuing interest in a broad range of intellectual fields and concerns to his Arts One background, and values the opportunity to help cultivate these interests in others.

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