Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's Hamlet

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Written by and for educators, this guide presents a variety of ideas and tools for teaching Shakespeare's Hamlet. The first part of the text describes some of the available materials such as single-play editions and criticism and includes a detailed screenography of major adaptations of the play. In the second section, 35 essays discuss such topics as introducing verse and meter, performance approaches, and postmodern teaching strategies. A section of 20 "short takes" presents teaching tips, syllabus additions, ...
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Overview

Written by and for educators, this guide presents a variety of ideas and tools for teaching Shakespeare's Hamlet. The first part of the text describes some of the available materials such as single-play editions and criticism and includes a detailed screenography of major adaptations of the play. In the second section, 35 essays discuss such topics as introducing verse and meter, performance approaches, and postmodern teaching strategies. A section of 20 "short takes" presents teaching tips, syllabus additions, and classroom exercises. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Series
Preface to the Volume
Pt. 1 Materials
Editions 3
The student's and Instructor's Library 9
Aids to Teaching 12
An Annotated and Chronological Screenography: Major Hamlet Adaptations and Selected Derivatives 14
Pt. 2 Approaches
Hearing the Poetry 41
Dancing the Meter 48
"The Play's the Thing": Constructing the Text of Hamlet 52
An Editing Exercise for Students 57
Teaching with a Variorum Edition 62
Teaching Hamlet through Translation 66
Exploring Hamlet: Opening Play Texts, Closing Performances 73
To Challenge Ghostly Fathers: Teaching Hamlet and Its Interpretations through Film and Video 77
Critical Practice through Performance: The Nunnery and Play Scenes 81
Teaching the Script: The "Mousetrap" in the Classroom 86
Hamlet's Narratives 90
From Story to Action: A Graduated Exercise to Teach Hamlet 95
A World of Questions: An Approach Indebted to Maynard Mack 97
"That Monster Custom": Highlighting the Theme of Obedience in Hamlet 102
Teaching Hamlet as a Play about Family 107
Ten Questions Basic to Interpreting Hamlet, with Special Focus on the Ghost 113
The "Encrusted" Hamlet: Resetting the "Mousetrap" 118
Teaching Hamlet in a Global Literature Survey: Linking Elizabethan England and Ming China 129
Hamlet in a Western Civilization Course: Connections to Montaigne's Essays and Cervantes's Don Quixote 134
The Pyrrhus Speech: Querying the Uses of the Troy Story 138
From Elsinore to Mangalore and Back: Hamlet between Worlds 141
The Gertrude Barometer: Teaching Shakespeare with Freud, Eliot, and Lacan 146
"She Chanted Snatches of Old Tunes": Ophelia's Songs in a Polyphonic Hamlet 153
Decentering Hamlet: Questions and Perspectives Concerning Evidence and Proof 157
More than Child's Play: Approaching Hamlet through Comic Books 161
Hamlet and Sylvia, Shakespeare and Bambara: Reading Hamlet as Context 165
Act 1, Scene 3: An Introduction to Hamlet 170
Act 2, Scene 1, 75-120: Psychoanalytic Approaches 174
The Closet-Scene Access 180
Language, Structure, and Ideology: Act 4, Scene 5 184
The Fencing Scene 191
Shaping Our Ends: A Workshop on the Last Scene 197
The Prince of Punk in the Festive Classroom 201
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Hamlet in a Distance-Learning Classroom 206
E-Mail to Facilitate Discussion 211
Hamlet Refracted through Three Definitions of Tragedy 214
Francis Bacon's "Of Revenge" 216
Introducing Students to Effective Refutation 216
Believing and Doubting Ideas about Hamlet 218
Students as Characters, Speaking in Character 219
Two Ways to Use Film for Student Writing 219
Hamlet Is Not Mad 221
Defamiliarizing Hamlet: Hamlet with and without His Soliloquies 222
Helping Chinese Students Study Hamlet 223
Oral Reports on Criticism 224
Teaching Text and Performance through Soundscripting 226
More Matter (but Not Necessarily Less Art): Using My Coloring Book to Introduce Seventh Graders to Hamlet 227
Priming Questions for the "Mousetrap" 230
Puns and Wordplay in Hamlet 231
Leaping into the Text: Teaching State Directions in Act 5, Scene 1 232
Groups Debating Issues 233
Existential Questions 234
Writing to Make Personal Connections 235
Words, Words, Words: Comparing, Cutting, Explaining 235
Hamlet and Subjectivity 237
Epilogue: Cheating Death: The Immortal and Ever-Expanding Universe of Hamlet 239
Notes on Contributors 245
Survey Participants 253
Works Cited and Materials for Further Study 255
Index of Names 283
Index of Scenes in Hamlet 289
Index of Characters in Hamlet, Other Than Hamlet 291
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