What Cheer?: Tempest Lecture One


Shakespeare’s Tempest opens in a storm, as a group of Italian leaders are sailing home. Prospero, a former Duke of Milan, conjured the storm, which leads to the shipwreck of the passengers on the same desert island where he has been stranded with his daughter Miranda. The mysterious connection between Prospero and these Italian leaders gradually comes into focus as Prospero’s plan unfolds.


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Stephen Smith is the Temple Family Professor in English Literature at Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Dallas.