Hamlet in a day

Course Dates: 15/02/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutors:
Peter Brennan

Why do the language and themes of Hamlet generate such interest and controversy? Through close reading of several of the play’s crucial scenes, we shall compare our own responses to those of famous commentators.

Description

What is the course about?

We shall undertake a thoroughgoing examination of this most popular and controversial of Shakespeare’s tragedies. A selection of crucial scenes will be read and discussed, interwoven with interpretations by several major critics and poets, including Coleridge, Freud, D.H. Lawrence, Goethe, Rimbaud and Pasternak.

What will we cover?

Above all, we shall consider the psychology of Hamlet himself and his treatment of other characters, especially Ophelia. We shall also discuss all the major characters in their own right, as well as central themes such as motivation, jealousy, revenge and morbidity. All this will be undertaken through a close reading of the selected scenes, paying careful, detailed attention to the qualities of Shakespeare’s dramatic poetry, from which any reading of value must emerge.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Above all, we shall consider the psychology of Hamlet himself and his treatment of other characters, especially Ophelia. We shall also discuss all the major characters in their own right, as well as central themes such as motivation, jealousy, revenge and morbidity. All this will be undertaken through a close reading of the selected scenes, paying careful, detailed attention to the qualities of Shakespeare’s dramatic poetry, from which any reading of value must emerge.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No particular prior knowledge will be assumed, but you will need to feel enthusiastic and reasonably confident about the prospect of reading and discussing Hamlet. You will interested in listening to – and learning from – the responses of other students to the work discussed. You will have a commitment to developing your analytical skills.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Teacher explanation; group discussion.

TUTOR BIOGRAPHY:
Peter Brennan is a poet, and was for many years Head of English at The Latymer School, Edmonton. He founded Visionary Company courses in 2005, and is Editor-in-Chief of Perdika Press.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will be provided with photocopies of the extracts to be studied, but by all means bring a copy of Hamlet if you wish. Please bring a pen and paper.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look for poetry courses in Literature under Humanities in the prospecturs and at www.citylit.ac.uk under History, Culture and Writing.

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Book your place

Course Code: HLT33

Sat, day, 15 Feb - 15 Feb '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £47.00
Concession: £30.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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