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SHAKESPEAREAN TRAGEDY

ophelia and hamlet


This course will focus on two tragedies from the peak of Shakespeare's career that have had an enormous impact on modern theater and cinema: namely, Hamlet and King Lear.  Neither originates with Shakespeare, so our first order of business will be to explore the sources from which he borrowed: what did he retain and what did he change?  Why did his alterations make such a difference that we now associate both characters almost exclusively with his name?  The second issue involves the specific texts of the plays that we have today: even if we restrict ourselves to Shakespeare's Hamlet and Lear, those have come down to us in multiple, radically divergent versions.  Which one of them should we read?  Is one more authentically "Shakespearean" than another?  How can you tell?  Lastly we'll explore each play's extensive afterlife in film, watching representative clips from major adaptations, featuring Ian McKellen, Kenneth Branagh, and Lawrence Olivier, among others.  Why do these plays continue to speak to us so powerfully today, after more than four hundred years?

enrn 3230: shakespearean tragedy

3 credits

Instructor:

John Parker, Associate Professor Department of English
jlp4ca@virginia.edu

Course Dates:

June 2 - June 13, 2014

Course Times

10:00 - 3:00

TUITION AND FEES

Virginia Resident

Tuition $334 per Credit
$1,002.00
Summer Fee  
$354.00
Virginia Resident Total
$1,356.00
 

Non Virginia Resident

Tuition $1,176.00 per Credit
$3,528.00
Summer Fee  
$413.00
Non-Virginia Total Costs
$3,941.00

 

Faculty:

John O'Brien, Associate Professor
University of Virginia Department of English