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The Topic for Fall 2016’s Junior-Senior Honors Seminar (English 398) is Hamlet 24/7

The topic for Fall 2016’s Junior-Senior Honors Seminar (English 398) is Hamlet 24/7. The seminar will be taught by Dr. Heather Hirschfeld. Here is a brief description of the course:

This class will focus all its energies, “24/7,” on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. We will study this endlessly fascinating play from a range of literary, historical, and performance perspectives, addressing research-oriented topics such as Shakespeare’s sources; editorial and textual problems; performance history from Burbage to Cumberbatch; and Shakespeare’s historical and cultural contexts, particularly the revenge tragedy tradition. In addition to six weeks dedicated to our central text, we will look at a range of its antecedents and successors, including Aeschylus’s Agamemnon and Libation Bearers as well as Seneca’s Thyestes, Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy, Thomas Middleton’s The Revenger’s Tragedy (1607), Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Heiner Muller’s Hamletmachine, and Sulayman Al-Bassam’s The Al-Hamlet Summit.

Students pursuing Honors in English, must: (1) complete a total of 12 credit hours of English honor courses of which 6 should be English 398 and English 498; (2) earn an A or B in English 398 and 498; (3) have a 3.25 overall GPA or better; (4) have a 3.5 or better GPA in the major.

Students who take 398 are not required to continue on with 498.Please note that this section of 398, if it is not used to fulfill the “Capstone” requirement, may be petitioned to count for the English major requirement for “pre-1660 literature.”

Applications for English 398 are due by Friday, 4/22, and can be found online at

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