Hamlet in Purgatory

by Greenblatt, Stephen
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With the doctrine of Purgatory and the elaborate practices that grew up around it, the church had provided a powerful method of negotiating with the dead. The Protestant attack on Purgatory destroyed this method for most people in England, but it did not eradicate the longings and fears that Catholic doctrine had for centuries focused and exploited. In his strikingly original interpretation, Greenblatt argues that the human desires to commune with, assist, and be rid of the dead were transformed by Shakespeare-consummate conjurer that he was-into the substance of several of his plays, above all the weirdly powerful Hamlet. Thus, the space of Purgatory became the stage haunted by literature's most famous ghost. This expanded Princeton Classics edition includes a new preface by the author.

Contributors

Author:
Greenblatt, Stephen

Further information

Illustrations Note:
18 halftones
Biography Artist:

Stephen Greenblatt is the John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. His many books include Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare and The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, which won a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. He is a general editor of The Norton Shakespeare and The Norton Anthology of English Literature
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
352
Media Type:
Softcover

Master Data

Product Type:
Paperback book
Release date:
October 20, 2013
Package Dimensions:
0.214 x 0.14 x 0.026 m; 0.36 kg
GTIN:
09780691160245
DUIN:
25V4ANSUQ3N
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