This module requires students to explore and evaluate a specific text and its reception in a range of contexts. It develops students’ understanding of questions of textual integrity. Each elective in this module requires close study of a single text to be chosen from a list of prescribed texts. Students explore the ideas expressed in the text through analysing its construction, content and language. They examine how particular features of the text contribute to textual integrity. They research others’ perspectives of the text and test these against their own understanding and interpretations of the text. Students discuss and evaluate the ways in which the set work has been read, received and valued in historical and other contexts. They extrapolate from this study of a particular text to explore questions of textual integrity and significance. Students develop a range of imaginative, interpretive and analytical compositions that relate to the study of their specific text. These compositions may be realised in a variety of forms and media.
“The universality of Hamlet relies on the timelessness of its thematic preoccupations of death and identity.”
Misc Quotes- Thanks BOS
• “Hamlet’s nature is philosophical, reflective, prone to questioning and therefore aware of the larger moral implications of any act” – Mary Slater
• “Hamlet’s self questionings are mere pretexts to hide his lack of resolve” – William Alice
• “Hamlet is full of weakness and melancholy” – William Hazlitt
• “Hamlet is a man of painful sensitivity” – F. Richmond
• Hamlet continually resolves to do but does nothing but resolve – S.T Coleridge
• “He lives entirely for himself; he is an egotist” – I. Turgenev
• “He is a success, for he gets his man, and a failure, for he leaves eight bodies, including his own, where there was meant to be one” – B. Nightingale.
• A.C. Bradley: “The playwright always insists on the operation of the doctrine of free will. The (anti-) hero is always able to back out, to redeem himself, but the author dictates they must move unheedingly to their doom.”
• “The essence of Shakespeare’s tragedies is the expression of one of the great paradoxes of life. Defeat, shattered hopes and ultimately death face us all as human beings.” – David Chandler
• “Defeat, shattered hopes and ultimately death face us all as human beings. They are very real, but somehow we have the intuitive feeling that they are out of place. They seem to be intruders into life. Tragic literature confronts us afresh with this paradox and we become fascinated by it.” – David Chandler
• “We are led to identify ourselves with the protagonist as in Hamlet’s soliloquies we share the thoughts that only Hamlet knows.” – David Chandler
• “He is full of purpose but void of that quality of mind which accompanies purpose...Shakespeare intended to impress upon as the truth that action is the chief end of existence – that no faculty of intellect, however brilliant, can be considered valuable or indeed otherwise than as misfortunes, if they withdraw from or rend s repugnant to action and lead us to think and think of doing until the time has elapsed when he can do anything effectually.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
• “He is the epical hero, fighting overwhelming odds with his back against the wall...” – John Dover Wilson.
• “Hamlet’s nature is philosophical, reflective, prone to questioning and therefore aware of the larger moral implications of any act.” – Mary Salter.
• “Yet to Hamlet comes the command of a great act – revenge: therein lies the unique quality of the play – a sick soul is commanded to heal, to cleanse and to create harmony.” – George Wilson Knight.
• Hamlet is “The most amiable of misanthropes.” – William Hazlitt.
• “Shakespeare meant to represent the effects of an action laid upon a soul...