I mentioned in class the importance of understanding that Hamlet in Act 1 writes down his promise to his father’s ghost. This action is a written contract with the dead.
And this scene of writing down a promise haunts even contemporary non-fiction and philosophical thinking. In Hamlet’s Blackberry, author William Powers, argues that contemporary culture needs a new philosophy for interaction with our screens, and he explains the allusion to Hamlet in this video.
Also, one of the most interesting and controversial contemporary philosophers, Dr. Cornell West is a graduate of Harvard and Princeton, and is theatrical in his own right. In this next video, he explains why Hamlet is a “the greatest protagonist in modern literature” and why he experiences Hell.
Academia with style…infinitely awesome!