[In Progress] Reading Shakespeare’s Hamlet with Jim Casey | Virtual Course

Date / Time

  • November 15, 2023
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • November 29, 2023
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • December 13, 2023
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • January 3, 2024
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • January 17, 2024
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm



  • Tuition for this course is $250. 10% off for Rosenbach members and the Delancey Society. Not a member? Learn more.
  • This course is limited to participants who are 18 years of age or older.
  • Please check your spam folder for your email confirmation. If you have questions, please call (215) 732-1600 or email [email protected].
  • This course meets virtually on Zoom. Sessions will be recorded.
  • Registration opens for Delancey Society members on Wednesday, August 16, for Rosenbach members on Wednesday, August 23, and for the general public on Wednesday, August 30.




Shakespeare’s Hamlet is one of the most popular and influential plays in history. It is perhaps the most quoted, adapted, and parodied text in English. Even those who have neither seen nor read the play usually recognize “To be or not to be” or the image of Hamlet contemplating a skull. This course will explore the richness and beauty of Shakespeare’s work, considering Hamlet’s language, action, characterization, philosophy, and more. Ideally, the course will be quite interactive, relying on vocal participation and free-flowing conversations that center on a particular theme or passage. Every time we meet, we will practice a variety of reading techniques that will enable participants to begin experiencing Hamlet (and eventually all of Shakespeare’s plays) more deeply and effectively on their own, recognizing the playtext not only as a narrative story but also as a poetic script that was meant to be performed out loud. 

Reading Shakespeare’s Hamlet Syllabus

About the instructor 

Dr. Jim Casey is a Fulbright Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities grant recipient, Past President of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, editor of Shakespeare and Fletcher’s The Two Noble Kinsmen, and co-editor of the collection Shakespeare/Not Shakespeare. Before retiring from full-time teaching in 2020, he taught more than 100 graduate and undergraduate courses over more than twenty years. Although primarily a Shakespearean, he has published peer-reviewed essays on such diverse topics as fantasy, monstrosity, early modern poetry, medieval poetry, pedagogy, textual theory, performance theory, postmodern theory, adaptation theory, digital humanities, old age, comics, anime, masculinity, grief, the supernatural, Shakespeare, Chaucer, Ovid, Firefly, and Battlestar Galactica. His current projects include Shakespeare and Comics, co-edited with Brandon Christopher (Arden Shakespeare, expected 2024) and Fantasy Literature through History (Bloomsbury, expected 2025).For the Rosenbach, Casey taught the course Shakespeare and the Fantastic.