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Hamlet’s Ghost

Hamlet’s Ghost

An exploration of the haunting figure at the heart of one of William Shakespeare’s most famous plays.
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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 world?

Harvard professor Stephen Greenblatt (John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities) guides learners through an exploration of the Ghost in Hamlet, considering both its uncanny theatrical power and the historical contexts from which it emerged. Learners will be introduced to the narrative sources of Hamlet, the religious convictions that shaped how people in Renaissance England understood the afterlife, and the ways that Shakespeare’s Ghost would have thrilled and challenged its original audience. Learners will also be invited to share their own theatrical interpretations of Hamlet and to consider how the themes of death, mourning, and memory shape Shakespeare’s play as well as their own lives.


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Free
Level:
Beginner
Duration:
3 weeks, 3h-5h/week
Educator:
Stephen Greenblatt
Organization:
Harvard University
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It is fresh, the information is not trivial, it flits between reading, listening and high quality videos, and it is STephen Greenblatt - what is not to like?
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