ONLINE SEMINAR
January 12 | The Remorseless Working of Things I: Hamlet and Othello

$250.00$425.00

How is it that we find sublime pleasure in reading or viewing tragic plays? It’s an odd thing if you think about it. Overuse has sapped much of the potency from the word ‘tragedy.’ That is unfortunate, for to behold the tragic, especially in its dramatic form, is a rare and superbly satisfying experience. It hurts so good!

In Part I of The Remorseless Working of Things, we will read and discuss Hamlet and Othello. For details on Part 2, see below. Save 15% when you sign up for both seminars.

When: Four weekly sessions on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Eastern, starting January 12, 2022

Duration: 2 hours per session

Cost: C$250 plus 13% HST (approx. US$207 plus 13% HST)

Group Size: 12-participant limit

How: We meet on Zoom; you will receive joining instructions approx. 3 weeks before the seminar start date. Our Zoom seminars are password-protected and are never recorded.

All seminar payments are nonrefundable. See full conditions at the bottom of this page.

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Description

LEADER

Gary Schoepfel is a former stage actor, kayaker, reasonably good listener, husband of 46 years, a lover of beers, ex-submarine sailor, faculty member at Harrison Middleton University, close reader, Classical Pursuits international traveller, Toronto Pursuits seminar leader, and former VP of the Great Books Foundation

BOOKS

Hamlet:
Arden Shakespeare Hamlet, revised edition
(Arden, 2016) ISBN-13: 978-1472518385

or

Folger Shakespeare Hamlet
(Simon & Schuster, 1992) ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0743477123

Othello:
Arden Shakespeare Othello, revised edition
(Arden, 2016) ISBN-13: 978-1472571762

or

Folger Shakespeare Othello
(Simon & Schuster, 1993) ISBN-13: 978-0743477550

Either the Arden or Folger editions are strongly recommended for this seminar, but participants can use any edition with line numbers.

We encourage you to support local bookstores or other independent sellers, especially as alternatives to Amazon.

In the US and the UK, try Bookshop.org, World of Books, or Ebooks (electronic books only)

In the US and Canada, try Powell’s Books, IndieBound, and Thiftbooks (used books only in Canada)

In Canada, try McNally Robinson or Indigo

How is it that we find sublime pleasure in reading or viewing tragic plays? It’s an odd thing if you think about it. Overuse has sapped much of the potency from the word ‘tragedy.’ That is unfortunate, for to behold the tragic, especially in its dramatic form, is a rare and superbly satisfying experience. It hurts so good!

Shakespeare’s greatest plays bring us face to face with the tragic and with ourselves. They prompt questions we’ve all asked and have spent a lifetime answering. Is the person you think you are the person you are? What is the cost of self-knowledge, and is it worth the price? If we are what we do, then why and how are we responsible when we know not what we do?

This seminar is the first of a two-part series. In each of these four-week seminars, we will read and thoughtfully discuss two scripts: in Part I, we will read Hamlet and Othello; in Part II, we will read King Lear and Macbeth. (Click here for details on Part II.)

No prior knowledge of Shakespeare or the plays is necessary. If you want to give the Bard a go, this will be a safe environment in which to do so. If you’re a Shakespeare veteran, there will be plenty to engage your interest. We invite you to come and explore The Remorseless Working of Things.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable. All discount codes must be used at the time of purchase; no retroactive discounts will be issued.

All seminars are subject to minimum enrollment of 7 participants. Click the link for full terms and conditions for Classical Pursuits online seminars.

Classical Pursuits does not record seminars. By participating in any seminar, registrants agree not to make their own seminar recordings and to abide by the Classical Pursuits code of conduct.

 

Additional information

Multiple seminars discount

Part I only, Part I and Part II