The British Council and educational project Arzamas are launching the free online course Entire Shakespeare available from April 28.
This project is devoted to William Shakespeare, and explores myths about him, his most remarkable plays and their destiny in the theatre during and after the author’s life. The course consists of video lectures, texts and games. Lectures will be given by theatre researcher and Shakespeare’s connoisseur Alexey Bartoshevich.
You will learn how Shakespeare’s comedies differ from the rest, why villains in his plays are so alluring, what kinds of Hamlets and Juliets may exist and what the playwright’s will was which he may have encoded in one of his last plays.
Moreover, Arzamas’ experts will tell about the time and place that formed the Bard’s personality. They will also talk about the credibility of the disputes on whether Shakespeare existed or not and many more interesting aspects.
Arzamas is an educational project, devoted to humanitarian knowledge, with 36 literature, art and history courses available on the website www.arzamas.academy in forms of video lectures, tips, photo stories, historical documents and guides.
List of lectures:
1. Shakespeare’s working conditions
2. “Hamlet” for drunks: why sailors and artisans liked ‘Hamlet’ and what they were able to see in one of the most important philosophical works of literature of all time.
3. Why comedy is worse than tragedy: how humour and satire differ in Shakespearean plays from satire in modern comedies and what’s funny about lovers’ wanderings, magical worlds and mysteries.
4. Villains in the history of England: why are Shakespearean villains so attractive?
5. “There is no sadder story in the World...” How Shakespeare interpreted the everlasting plot of romantic heartbreak and how this myth develops in our time.
6. Russian Hamlet: the fate of theatre performances of “Hamlet” in Russia and the UK and its influence on the society.
7. Shakespeare’s heritage: about “The Tempest” play - one of the most unusual, touching works of the playwright, the last play he wrote without a collaborator.