Event Details

The Program

This series of four seminars will trace the complex moral and aesthetic challenge that Shakespeare's Hamlet has posed in the 400 years since it appeared. Our central concern will be the relationship between possible judgments of the character of the hero, the action he speaks of performing, and the things he ends up doing in the play. This may lead to thoughts about the nature of personal will and individual conscience.


· Revenge, Tragedy, and Justice

· Acting as a Clue to Action

· What Thinking Means

· Is Hamlet a Good Man?


· 4 90-min. (6 hours total) lecture and discussion sessions with Prof. Bromwich.

· Participants may opt to write a short essay (<500 words) to compete for the Best Essay Award and receive direct feedback from Prof. Bromwich.

* Those who attend 100% of the sessions will each receive a certificate of completion.


· Middle / high school / university students, literature / drama lovers, and anyone who is interested in Shakespeare and Hamlet

Participating Format

· Please download and install the Zoom Application beforehand. Yale Center Beijing's staff will contact confirmed participants for further testing in advance of the program to ensure a pleasant experience.


· The language of the seminar will be English.

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  • David Bromwich (Sterling Professor of English at Yale University)

    David Bromwich

    Sterling Professor of English at Yale University

    David Bromwich, Sterling Professor of English at Yale University, is a renowned authority on Romantic and modern poetry and the history of literary criticism. He has published widely, from Romantic criticism to modern poetry, moral philosophy, political history, and contemporary politics.

    He is a well-established and noted political, cultural and literary critic. He has written essays on William Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Orson Welles, Barack Obama, and others, as well as book reviews in the Times Literary Supplement, The New Republic, and the New York Review of Books. He is also a frequent writer on political topics at The Huffington Post.

    Among his many notable books are The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence, Disowned by Memory: Wordsworth’s Poetry of the 1790s, as well as two of his most recent books, American Breakdown: The Trump Years and How They Befell Us, and How Words Make Things Happen.

    Professor Bromwich regularly teaches a wide range of courses at Yale, from Shakespeare to Abraham Lincoln to poetry to American and French cinema and culture. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences, and since 2017, he has served as a trustee of the National Humanities Center. He holds a bachelor’s and a doctorate from Yale University.

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