Archive for the ‘Shakespeare and Drama’ Category

g1381821409686993772Part of your Shakespeare project will require writing a script for your video.  So how do you do that?

Probably the easiest thing to do in order to collaborate on your Hamlet scripts would be to use a Google doc.  You can get a screenplay template to help with formatting and add each member of your group as a collaborator so you can each work on the project in different locations, on various devices, at the same time, or at different times.

Additionally, scriptologist has a great overview of how to format a screenplay.

Writers Store has a great annotated visual you can use to see how it all plays out.  And both BBC and have nice instructional examples.  More on how to format a script after the page break:


all the worlds a stageThe advent of feminism and psychoanalytic criticism in the 20th century has forever influenced the way we look at Hamlet; therefore, we’ll be looking at the women of Hamlet through these lenses and discussing the retroactive interpretation many directors have placed on the play as a result.

We’ll be looking at the 1990 Zeffirelli, 1996 Branagh, and 2010 RSC/Doran versions of act 3, scene 1, “Get thee to a nunnery”; act 3, scene 4, Gertrude’s closet; and act 4, scene 5, Ophelia’s madness.

Hit more to see the handout and some of the videos.



Ophelia Drowning by Paul Albert Steck

In addition to the Depicting Ophelia Power Point we saw in class, there are numerous depictions of Ophelia in art and pop culture — in fact, one could argue that her watery death has become a common trope.

Here are a few links for those of you who might be interested in looking into it further:

Shakespeare Illustrated, Ophelia

Ophelia and pop culture: tons of cool stuff here including video slide shows

a possible source story for Ophelia’s death (spoiler alert, it may have been Shakespeare’s cousin!  What a way to be immortalized)

Then there’s this scholarly article, “Reading Ophelia’s Madness”

. . . And that’s just scratching the surface.

insantiyAs we begin reading Hamlet, I thought I’d highlight just a few of the numerous resources on the play:

Chop Bard is an entertaining podcast (well, at least to lit nerds like me) that you can listen to online or download in itunes.    If you’re looking online, scroll down to Hamlet, which begins with episode 21.


Another great audio source is  Librivox has hundreds of open source titles available as audiobooks for free.  The readings are by volunteers, so some are better than others.  The three versions of Hamlet they offer aren’t the greatest recordings I’ve found on Librivox (Elizabeth Klett’s Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and Turn of the Screw are fantastic), but they might be helpful.

Listening while reading can really help speed up annotations.  Click through the page break for more: