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Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'—A Lecture Series in Three Parts

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Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'—A Lecture Series in Three Parts

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Hamlet (1599-1601) has been regarded by many as the "sphinx of modern literature" due to its posing a number of perplexing questions about the purpose and nature of existence. Ranking among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his own lifetime, Hamlet's popularity endures due to it's conceptual breadth and psychological depth which inspire a variety of interpretations—a fact which, no doubt, accounts for what has made it such a joy to study. Taking an "objective" reading of the play, locating the split between the ideal State and the actual State as an analogue for Hamlet's own anxiety, these three lectures will offer their own interpretation of the difficulties which the play presents, seeking to tease out its meaning using themes of alienation, agency, and conscience as its foundation.

The schedule for the lectures is as follows:

  • Part I: The King's Two Bodies [Acts I & II] Thursday, January 13th @ 6pm
  • Part II: Conscience and Deed [Act III] Thursday, January 20th @ 6pm
  • Part III: Learning How to Die [Acts IV & V] Thursday, January 27th @ 6pm

This is an online only program. You may click the link to read along, though reading the material is not necessary for attendance or participation. If you have questions about this program or have trouble accessing the material, please email andrewfairweather@nypl.org

You must register with your email address in order to receive the link to participate. The link will be sent to you by email approximately one day before the discussion. You will need a device with audio and/or video and an internet connection to join.

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The Seward Park Branch of the New York Public Library is dedicated to providing arenas for thought provoking discussion.

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