Katherine Duncan-Jones, Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Somerville College, is one of three academics who will debate The Tempest, one of Shakespeare’s later plays, on ‘In Our Time’, Melvyn Bragg’s well-known arts programme on BBC Radio 4.

The BBC website indicates that the programme, which airs at both 9am and 930pm on 14 November, is likely to include in its debate such themes and topics as The Age of Exploration, international politics, magic, the nature of theatre, and colonialism.

Professor Duncan-Jones is a renowned scholar of Shakespeare and of Elizabethan literature more broadly, notably history and biography. Among many other works, she has published editions of Shakespeare’s sonnets and poems, as well as a 2010 biography, Shakespeare: An Ungentle Life.

Also on the panel will be Jonathan Bate, Provost of Worcester College, Oxford, and Erin Sullivan, fellow at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham.

For more details on the programme, please go to the BBC Radio 4 webpage.

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