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02 March 2010 @ 11:37 am
oooooooh nooooooooo  
I have to teach Hamlet this week, you guys!

Hamlet gives me mental whiplash, basically: last night I was practically skipping home because I knew that I got to listen to lectures on the play, and how can life be bad when one is allowed to think about Hamlet? And then I remembered that I have to *teach* Hamlet, not just splash around in its awesome, and--yeah.

oooooooh nooooooooo.
Emily-- Toppington von Monocle: deal with THAT [slings & arrows]sadcypress on March 2nd, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
Clearly, the way to do this is just play clips of 'Slings and Arrows.' I luck out when I have to teach a play here- my lecture is always 90% Elizabethan theatre and 10% OH RIGHT, YOU READ A PLAY, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT IAGO??
tempestsarekind: geoffrey (not) at worktempestsarekind on March 2nd, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
...I would totally do that if I thought they'd let me. "Here, let Geoffrey explain it to you, mmkay?"

I think my whole teaching style is basically, "Look at this awesome bit! Isn't it awesome? I don't know what makes it so awesome, but maybe we could think about that together!" And then the students are like, "...Just give us the answers, crazy lady."
troyswann on March 3rd, 2010 04:43 am (UTC)
Have ya found the YouTube video of Blackadder "trimming" Hugh Laurie-Shakespeare's To be or not to be speech?

Aw man, I thought I'd bookmarked the link. You can google it though. Verreh funneh.
tempestsarekind: hamlet--though you can fret metempestsarekind on March 3rd, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
Yes! I love that bit! And the one where Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie make a big deal about "Time" (in one of the sonnets, I think) being "very much uppercase."

...That's the thing about Hamlet, isn't it? I always want to do all of this Hamlet-related stuff, because it's easier than figuring out what to do with the actual play. Which is not to say that I haven't had some useful discussions with those things as a starting point, of course. It's a tricky balance.