Shakespeare's Hamlet: The Ghost

Stephen Greenblatt, HarvardX

Explore the haunting figure at the heart of one of William Shakespeare’s most famous plays.

In the first act of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet , the Ghost of the dead King of Denmark appears to his son, setting off a chain of events that culminates in the play’s notoriously bloody finale. But how would this mysterious figure have been understood in Shakespeare’s time?

Harvard professor Stephen Greenblatt guides learners through an exploration of the Ghost’s uncanny theatrical power and the historical contexts from which the character emerged. You will be introduced to the narrative sources of Hamlet, the religious convictions that shaped how Renaissance England understood the afterlife, and how the Ghost would have thrilled and challenged its original audience. By focusing on the Ghost, you will see how the play grapples with issues like death, mourning, remembrance, and the power of theatre.

Through short video lectures, readings from the play as well as later works by Coleridge and Joyce, and conversations with experts, you will develop critical tools with which to "unlock" the play's possible meanings.

If you're reading Hamlet for the first time, this course is a great introduction. If you're reading it for the hundredth time, it is the perfect chance to revisit and refresh your "take" on Shakespeare's greatest tragedy.

What will you learn

  • The many meanings of Hamlet revealed through the central figure: the Ghost of Hamlet’s murdered father.
  • The historical context that shaped how Shakespeare wrote the play and how his audiences interpreted it.
  • How to challenge the assumption that the play is only about revenge.
  • The importance of themes like remembrance, death, and mourning.
  • How the Ghost has been interpreted on stage, on screen, and in writing.

Сессии:
  • 8 апреля 2020
Характеристики онлайн курса:
  • Бесплатный:
  • Платный:
  • Сертификат:
  • MOOC:
  • Видеолекции:
  • Аудиолекции:
  • Email-курс:
  • Язык: Английский Gb

Отзывы

Пока никто не написал отзыв по этому курсу. Хотите быть первым?

Зарегистрируйтесь, чтобы оставить отзыв

Show?id=n3eliycplgk&bids=695438
NVIDIA
Ещё курсы на эту тему:
2ee68576-f98f-4190-9113-60b543203cb4-f0a819c99a31.small Shakespeare’s Hamlet: The Ghost
An exploration of the haunting figure at the heart of one of William Shakespeare...
Ещё от edX:
20574fb6-99b9-44cf-afa5-473d8337c7a8-c1588ba86fbd.small AnatomyX: Musculoskeletal Cases
Learn the anatomy basic to understanding five musculoskeletal injuries commonly...
Ed8158ec-92c6-4483-8618-68e1518cf413-036c24d90c72.small Marketing Innovative Products and Services
Learn essential marketing concepts and practical commercialization strategies...
1f714d8d-83f0-47ef-841c-168e95f2c81a-9392c93e5e09.small Finance for Everyone: Smart Tools for Decision-Making
In this introduction to finance course from Michigan learn to apply frameworks...
073d6494-9e83-4ffd-8f36-6e1d95ac4366-374f4f2f4a7c.small Statistical Thinking for Data Science and Analytics
Learn how statistics plays a central role in the data science approach. This...
B93c9fea-3df3-4180-984c-55310821cbb5-f8050e6a1cca.small Machine Learning for Data Science and Analytics
Learn the principles of machine learning and the importance of algorithms. Machine...

© 2013-2019