Shakespeare's Hamlet and Its Legacies on the Stage, Page and Screen



Zeit/Ort n.V.

  • Do 16:15-17:45, Raum C 601 ICS

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

  • BA English and American Studies|: Hauptmodul A (301) Literature/Culture (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul II) - HA
  • Lehramt Englisch an Gymnasien (neu): Hauptmodul L-GYM Literature. (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul Literature) - HA (80%)
  • MA |English Studies|: Core Module: Culture (module 4031, exam 40311: Written assignment (15 pages, 80%) and handout (2-3 pages, 20%)
  • MA |English Studies|: Core Module: Literature (module 4051, exam 40511: Written assignment (15 pages, 80%) and handout (2-3 pages, 20%))
  • MA |English Studies|: Master Module II: Culture (module 8350, exam 83501: Written assignment (15 pages, 80%) and handout (2-3 pages, 20%))
  • MA |English Studies|: Master Module II: Literature (module 8360, exam 83601: Written assignment (15 pages, 80%) and handout (2-3pages, 20%))
  • MA |Literaturstudien - intermedial und interkulturell (Anglistik als Kernfach): Modul 9 Aufbaumodul


'To be, or not to be: that is the question', 'Something is rotten in the state of Denmark', 'Murder most foul, as in the best it is' - even if you haven't read or watched Shakespeare's |Hamlet| yet, you will most likely be familiar with these lines. If you want to find out what exactly these lines refer to, how they can be interpreted and why they are still so influential today, this may be the right seminar for you. Placing the play in various cultural contexts of the early modern period, the first third of this seminar will devoted to a detailed act-by-act analysis of Shakespeare's |Hamlet|. Engaging with the vibrant field of adaptation studies, we will then move on to stage and screen adaptations of the play. The second half of the seminar will be devoted to a discussion of diverse postmodern, postcolonial and feminist appropriations of |Hamlet| by playwrights and authors such as Tom Stoppard, Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie and Graham Swift. We will also consider responses to |Hamlet| in popular culture. Please note that this seminar contains a particularly heavy reading load - avid readers will have the most rewarding seminar experience. Please purchase and read the Arden edition of |Hamlet| (see below) over the summer so that you have a solid overview of the play and its major contexts before our course starts. Due to the pandemic this seminar will be taught online. Most weeks will consist of synchronous sessions on Zoom in combination with some asynchronous learning activities on StudOn. Empfohlene Literatur Shakespeare, William. |Hamlet|, edited by Ann Thompson and Neil Taylor. Rev. ed. Bloomsbury Arden, 2016. [ISBN: 978-1-4725-1838-5]

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Erwartete Teilnehmerzahl: 15