Claudius’s Soliloquy: What We Can Learn from Hamlet’s Villain

with Ramie Targoff
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 • Wednesday, February 10, 2021
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Applications and nominations are now closed.

This master class will focus on a single extraordinary scene in Shakespeare’s Hamlet when the guilt-ridden Claudius confesses his crime and struggles to pray. What does this soliloquy tell us about Claudius’s tortured inner self? And what does it mean that Hamlet misreads what he sees happening before him?

This is a two-session master class. In the first session, teachers learn from the master. In the second, participants have a rare and valuable opportunity to exchange ideas with other brilliant teachers. Participants are assigned a small amount of homework to prepare for each session.

Ramie Targoff is professor of English, co-chair of Italian Studies, and Director of the Mandel Center for the Humanities at Brandeis University.  She is the author of Common Prayer, John Donne, Body and Soul, and Posthumous Love, and Renaissance Woman: The Life of Vittoria Colonna. She recently completed a translation of Vittoria Colonna’s 1538 Rime, the first book of poems ever published by a woman in Italy. Targoff is the recipient of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and she has been a Scholar in Residence at the American Academy in Rome. Her latest project, Shakespeare’s Sisters—a group biography of four women writers in Renaissance England, will be published in 2022.

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