Hamlet, Act 2: Overview & Pathological Collectables/Collectors
Remember that in the conclusion to his chapter,”Pathological Collectables,” Scott Herring tells us that he hopes to make “good on museum studies scholar Susan M. Pearce’s claim that ‘unacceptable collectors, among other things, are making important assertions about the ‘ordinary’ material world and out relationship to it, [a relationship] which we ignore to our detriment'” (84). By this Herring means that while people who have trouble letting do suffer pathological attachment to things, and should certainly be diagnosed and treated, they are also responding to and embodying ways larger social forces fail around grief, loss, and anxiety.
- Get into your Student Teaching Groups, read through your assigned questions and the text the question asks about.
- Next, respond to your assigned question in 2-3 sentences at the number that corresponds to your group number on the board.
- Finally, once you have finished writing down your response, move to another group’s response and then read through it, and in 1-2 sentences explain why you agree or disagree with the other group’s responses on the board.
Back to the Paper Claims…
Take a few minutes and respond to the following. Please bring this response with you to class next Tuesday:
- What is the relationship between Hamlet (or Hamlet) and one of the following key terms: hoarding, collectables, vibrant matter, preservation, waste, recycling, or accumulation?