Theater Arts 163A
Course Discussion: There are 10 topics related to Hamlet for consideration in this course. The topics correspond to the menu items on the left side of the course website - - http://elsinore.ucsc.edu. The list is as follows:
Poison in Jest
Hamlet on the Couch
Does Hamlet Delay?
Dr. Freud’s Hamlet
Two Legal Issues
On Good and Evil
These topics will be studied at the rate of one per week, with the exception of the two legal issues (Ophelia’s Burial and Fortinbras’ Claim) that will be grouped together into one week’s discussion.
There is also a list of secondary readings that should accompany each week’s topic. These readings are available at the Bay Tree Bookstore - many of them in a two-volume reader. In addition, some of the required readings for the course are available online. The books available at the bookstore are as follows:
William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Bedford/ Saint Martin's Press
John Dover Wilson, What Happens in Hamlet, Cambridge University Press
Ernest Jones, Hamlet and Oedipus, W. W. Norton
There are also two recommended books available at the Bay Tree Bookstore that will figure in our class discussion. These are:
Harold Bloom, Hamlet:Poem Unlimited, Riverhead Books
You are asked to fully explore the class website section for the particular topic each week, as well as to do the reading associated with each topic.
There will be a quick quiz on each weekly topic, given in class at the beginning of our discussion of that topic. These quizzes will be taken into consideration in determining your grade for the Hamlet class.
Evaluation: Grading (for those of you who opt for it) and evaluations will be done on the following basis: Half the grade will be based on your course paper. The other half will be based on your 9 quizzes and on your participation in the class discussion.
Elsinore: Technical stuff. The Hamlet Conundrums website makes use of Adobe Flash technology, and will not run on mobile devices that do not support Flash. These include Apple's iPhone, iPod, and iPad. Please contact Professor Bierman if you are having difficulties in using the site.
Contact info: James Bierman