Further information on Spring 2019 courses

 

Cheryl Freund: Shakespeare’s Hamlet – Betrayal and Self-discovery

 

Course text

Any complete edition of William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Demark.  A paperback edition (New York: Washington Square Press, Pocket Books, ISBN 0-671-46396-9) can be purchased at Content Books, Northfield, MN, for $6.00.

Andrew Solomon, Far From the Tree. Copies of selected chapters will be distributed, at a cost of $5 for each student (to be included as course packet fee; course fee = tuition $50 + packet $5 = $55).

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Schedule of classes (subject to modification)

Tuesday, March 26
Introductions

Participants’ and Course Goals
General Overview
Aristotelian Tragedy Defined
Read aloud, interpret & discuss The Tragedy of Hamlet, Act I, Sc. II.
Assign: Read “The Hamlet ‘Problem’” – Handout.  Research various themes.
Identify favorite quotes – ongoing

Tuesday, April 2
Share: Responses to “The Hamlet ‘Problem’” article and personal research on themes

Group select one additional chapter topic from Far From the Tree.
Read Aloud, interpret and discuss, Hamlet, Act I, Sc.III; Act II. Sc. 1
Assign: Read “Son,” from Far From the Tree – Handout – prepare to react & discuss

Tuesday, April 9
Reaction to “Son,” from Far From the Tree, Solomon’s point of view, attitude

Review literary elements & themes
Read aloud, interpret & discuss, Hamlet – Act II, Sc. I

Tuesday, April 16
Read aloud, interpret & discuss Hamlet – Act II, Sc. II

Assign: Chapter from Far From the Tree – prepare to discuss and respond

Tuesday, April 23
Read aloud, interpret & discuss Hamlet – Act II, Sc III; Act III, Sc. 1 – Sc. II

Reaction to selected chapter Far From the Tree
Identify favorite quotes – ongoing

Tuesday, April 30
Read aloud, interpret & discuss Hamlet – Act Act III., Sc. III; Act IV. , Sc. II

Share favorite quotes; discuss relevancy to participant’s life

Tuesday, May 7
Read aloud, interpret & discuss Hamlet – Act. IV., Sc., VII

Share Favorite quotes; group response
Highlight literary elements, themes

Tuesday, May 14
Read aloud, interpret & discuss Hamlet – Act V., Sc., II

Wrap up – Review personal & course goals
Evaluation & feedback