|There is already a wealth of material on Shakespeare and on Hamlet
on the Web, so that there is no need for me to
create a guide for this play. You can browse among the
listed below. Students in previous classes particularly
recommended this site:
Instructions for Using a Short Course on
The section called Course
contains the complete (but not edited) text of Hamlet; I do not
recommend reading this version
rather than the Signet edition of the play. However, the brief
discussion which precedes the text of each scene provides a useful
introduction to that scene. There are also questions about each act,
answers to the questions, and short discussions in Documents of
topics like Hamlet as Villain or Hamlet as Failure.
Another section called the
be of interest to you in studying the play.
Suggestions for Using Course Contents:
1. First, read the assigned act in your textbook.
2. Read the brief discussion which appears at the beginning of each
scene in "A Short Course on Hamlet".
3. Once you have read the discussion of one scene, click on [Next],
which appears at the top of the screen, to go on to the next scene.
4. After you have read the brief discussion for every scene in an act,
click on [Questions];
a brief summary of the act just discussed and a list of questions about
that act appear.
5. Read the questions and think about your answers.
6. Click on [Answers] for a discussion of the questions raised.
Think about whether
you agree or disagree with the discussion or to what extent you agree
or disagree. Why do you agaree or disagree, wholely or partly?
7. After you have read the entire play, look at some of the topics in Documents.
The Documents that I particularly recommend are Hamlet
as Failure, Hamlet
Oedipus, and Of
discussion of various topics, e.g., Hamlet's dislike of
his parents. Click on Enter to join the discussion. The Forum
lists only the most recent discussion; however,
you can search for specific topics.
Selections from A Guide to the Study of Literature:
The following selections provide historical and literary information
about the Renaissance, tragedy, the tragic vision, and
the theater at the time of Shakespeare.
A Companion Text for Core Studies 6
Shakespeare and the Internet
Links to scholarly materials on the Internet about
Shakespeare; a search
engine; a Shakespeare timeline.
Although the Shakespeare Queries and Replies has
back discussion is available. If you like to write poetry, try the Poetry
Machine. This site used to be on or linked to the
Shakespeare Web but is now separate. I left it here anyway.
Society Home Page
A theory about who really wrote
Shakespeare's plays--Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford. Other
theories suggest Christopher Marlowe and Francis Bacon as the authors
of Shakespeare's plays.
This site will probably appeal to conspiracy-buffs and potential
Shakespeare Authorship Page: Dedicated to the Proposition that
Shakespeare Wrote Shakespeare
The name says it all.
I discusss this at the beginning of this page.
Hamlet. Site of
Alexander Pogrebinsky, Jr.
The topics covered include criticism, theater, film,
play, and Shakespeare. It has a forum and a search facility.
and His Problems
An essay by T.S. Eliot, one of the foremost poets
and literary critics of the twentieth century.
Numerous articles on Hamlet by a variety of criticism.
Seneca: His Influence on Shakespeare's Tragedies
You may want to skim this essay till you come to
the section discussing the influence of the Roman philosopher Seneca
(died 65 A.D.) on Hamlet. Of interest especially to students
A wide variety of topics. Browse to see whether anything piques
Much in the (Black) Sun': Hamlet's First Soliloquy: A Kristevan
An essay applying the theories of the feminist
critic Kristeva to Hamlet. Reading her essays is heavy going.
Syllabus for the Course || Core Studies 6 Page ||
Melani Home Page
|F, Sept. 8
||Shakespeare, Online overview
Hamlet, Act I
A Short Course
on Shakespeare's Hamlet, I
The Tragic Vision
The Great Chain of Being
The Great Chain of Being and
|M, Sept. 11
||Hamlet, Act II
Short Course on Shakespeare's Hamlet, II
|W, Sept. 13
||Hamlet, Act III
Short Course on Shakespeare's Hamlet, II
|M, Sept. 18
||Hamlet, Act IV
Short Course on Shakespeare's Hamlet, IV
|W, Sept. 20
||Hamlet, Act V,
Short Course on Shakespeare's Hamlet, V
|F, Sept. 22
||Hamlet, Act V (continued)