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Course : Special Topic: Film Narration-HAMLET

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2019
Bea Wood Hall, 210
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Wednesday, May 08, 2019 12:00 am


You will write five four-paragraph essays, including the Final essay. Each is worth 20 percent of the overall semester grade. 

The overall idea should answer our perennial prompt: How does this movie help us understand Shakespeare’s play? 

Do not generalize or waste space on summary. Better to focus on two or three scenes and bear down on them in depth. 

You can dive into key scenes and quote from the play starting in the first paragraph. 

You may compare scenes from our other films, especially in later essays. 

Pair key moments from the movie with their relevant scene in the play and quote from the play. You have latitude with dialogue that is not in the play. Your quoting does not have to be perfect—just what you remember. 

You need to cite from secondary sources—I will let you decide how much. You may use something from our critical edition or something you found on your own, especially a book from the Moffett stacks or a scholarly article from the Moffett-supported databases.  



Tentative daily schedule:

Jan 14 Mon Branagh’s Hamlet

Jan 16 Wed Branagh’s Hamlet

Jan 21 MLK Day

Jan 23 Wed Branagh’s Hamlet

Jan 28 Mon Branagh’s Hamlet

Jan 30 Wed Branagh’s Hamlet

Feb 4 Mon Branagh’s Hamlet

Feb 6 Wed Branagh’s Hamlet

Feb 11 Mon Essay 1 Due

Feb 11 Mon Haider (Shahid Kapoor)

Feb 13 Wed Haider

Feb 18 Mon Haider

Feb 20 Wed Haider

Feb 25 Mon Essay 2 Due

Feb 25 Mon Legend of the Black Scorpion (Daniel Wu)

Feb 27 Wed Legend of the Black Scorpion

Mar 4 Mon Legend of the Black Scorpion

Mar 6 Wed Legend of the Black Scorpion

Mar 11 Mon Essay 3 Due

Mar 11 Mon Hamlet 2

Mar 13 Wed Hamlet 2

Mar 18-22 Spring Break

Mar 25 Last Day for W

Mar 25 Mon Zeffirelli's Hamlet (Mel Gibson)

Mar 27 Zeffirelli’s Hamlet

April 1 Mon Zeffirelli’s Hamlet

April 3 Wed Zeffirelli’s Hamlet

April 8 Mon Essay 4 Due

April 8 Mon RSC's Hamlet (David Tennant)

April 10 Wed RSC’s Hamlet

April 15 Mon RSC’s Hamlet

April 17-19 Holiday Break

April 22 Mon RSC's Hamlet

April 24 Wed Olivier's Hamlet

April 29 Mon Olivier’s Hamlet

May 1 Wed Olivier’s Hamlet

May 8 Wed Final Essay Due at 5:45 PM in our regular classroom.

You will write five four-paragraph essays, including the Final essay. Each is worth 20 percent of the overall semester grade. 

Five unexcused absences means 10 percent off the overall semester grade. Students who miss class should inform the instructor by email, even if they feel their excuse is lame. The professor will accept documentation in the form of cellphone pictures of clinic sign-in sheets, court dates, prescription labels, repair receipts, and work schedules; he will accept emails from family members, lawyers, and supervisors. Many times students are helping family members or friends in crisis, which is legitimate. Each case is different. If students are amassing a string of absences, the professor may ask for retrospective documentation to keep the unexcused number below five.

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