Lisa Jardine gives the first lecture in memory of the great critic Frank Kermode.

In the 1970s Frank Kermode argued that Shakespeare's plays survive because they are 'classics' - works with such enduring intellectual urgency and linguistic depth that each generation will find some profound meaning in them.

Lisa Jardine, Professor of Renaissance Studies at University College London, examines how far this is true today.

In association with the London Review of Books