Monthly Archives: December 2012

Texts: Patterns of Representation and Reproduction

Look for the patterns in everything. Every text, even this one that you are reading right now, is a media text. Texts exist as the middle ground between the author and the audience. They are the means through which thoughts, … Continue reading

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Why Read Old Books?

Students often ask why we continue to read Shakespeare when there are so many good books written in this century. I certainly agree that there are many great contemporary novels, but the classics offer something different. In this Big Think … Continue reading

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Digging up the Present

The echoes of Hamlet in the present continue as I watch the news. It mediates between our experience of the real, and our thoughts about the real. How are we to act in the face of tragedy? Acting quickly can … Continue reading

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Pirates in Hamlet?

In Act 4 scene 6, Horatio reads a letter from Hamlet telling him that on his way to England, the ship was attacked by pirates. Hamlet managed to escape sending Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to their imminent death in England. Pirates … Continue reading

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Things Matter in Hamlet

The words “something”, “nothing”, “anything”, and “thing” appear in the text of the play 74 times. Even though this is a huge play, I think “things” matter. The play begins with Marcellus referring to the ghost of Hamlet as a “thing” and … Continue reading

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Philosophy and Poetry

Tragedy moves like a ghost appearing in the most unexpected places. And in the midst of experience, philosophy seems both more and less important to our feeble attempts at understand suffering and loss. While reading the fictional tragedy of Hamlet … Continue reading

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Perspectives: Poor Polonius, Poor Gertude

Poor Polonius – the fool finally meets his end doing what he does best – hiding behind a curtain trying to get knowledge – “by indirections, find directions out”. Adding “insult to injury” in the one and only moment that … Continue reading

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Hamlet and “Waking Life”

Do you have memories which you recall and then wonder if you were awake or dreaming? Do you ever feel like you might have dreamt a memory that you previously thought was real? How can you be sure? Are you filled … Continue reading

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“…the present death of Hamlet. Do it. England” More resources

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Claudius: Behind the Name

Claudius: Behind the Name.

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