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Encore: All of Montana is a stage: ‘Shakespeare in Montana’ with Gretchen E. Minton

Gretchen E. Minton
‘Shakespeare in Montana’ was the winner of the 2020 Montana Book Award and a finalist for the 2021 High Plains Book Award in non-fiction.

This week on The Write Question, we revisit Lauren’s conversation with Shakespeare scholar Gretchen E. Minton; the two dive into, well, Shakespeare! The Montana State University professor chats about her newest book, Shakespeare in Montana: Big Sky Country’s Love Affair with the World's Most Famous Writer (University of New Mexico Press; winner of the 2020 Montana Book Award and a finalist for the 2021 High Plains Book Award), and about nostalgia, surprise, and climate change.

About Gretchen:

Gretchen E. Minton is a professor in the Department of English at Montana State University in Bozeman. She is also the editor of several books and critical editions, including Timon of Athens and The Revenger's Tragedy.

Gretchen recommends:

Shakespeare in a Divided America, by James Shapiro (Penguin Press)

Hamnet, by Maggie O’Farrell (Alfred A. Knopf)

Lauren recommends:

“‘…the season of all natures’: Montana Shakespeare in the Parks’ Global Warming Macbeth” by Gretchen E. Minton, in Shakespeare Bulletin, Fall 2018.

“As You Liken It: Simile in the Forest,” in Back to Nature: The Green and the Real in the Late Renaissance, Robert Watson (University of Pennsylvania Press)

Sense of Place and Sense of Planet: The Environmental Imagination of the Global, by Ursula K. Heise (Oxford University Press)

This episode of was produced by Peter Hoag and the show’s host, Lauren Korn. Beth Anne Austein engineered the episode.

The Write Question logo and brand (2022) was designed by Molly Russell. You can see more of her work at iamthemollruss.com and on Instagram @iamthemollruss. Our music was written and recorded by John Floridis.

Funding for The Write Question comes from Humanities Montana; members of Montana Public Radio; and from the Greater Montana Foundation—encouraging communication on issues, trends, and values of importance to Montanans.

The Write Question is a production of Montana Public Radio.

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Lauren R. Korn holds an M.A. in poetry from the University of New Brunswick, where she was the recipient of the Tom Riesterer Memorial Prize and the Angela Ludan Levine Memorial Book Prize. A former bookseller and the former Director of the Montana Book Festival, she is now the host of Montana Public Radio’s literature-based radio program and podcast, ‘The Write Question.’
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