Hamlet in Purgatory

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This book delves into the author's longtime fascination with the ghost of Hamlet's father, and his daring and ultimately gratifying journey takes him through surprising intellectual territory. It yields an extraordinary account of the rise and fall of Purgatory as both a belief and a lucrative institution as well as a capacious new reading of the power of Hamlet. In the mid-sixteenth century, English authorities abruptly changed the relationship between the living and dead. Declaring that Purgatory was afalse poem, they abolished the institutions and banned the practices that Christians relied on to ease the passage to Heaven for themselves and their dead loved ones. Greenblatt explores the fantastic adventure narratives, ghost stories, pilgrimages, andimagery by which a belief in a grisly prison house of souls had been shaped and reinforced in the Middle Ages. He probes the psychological benefits as well as the high costs of this belief and of its demolition.
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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 T"he 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"

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"Greenblatt's fascination with ghostly texts is contagious, and he is virtually unequaled among literary critics as a prose stylist. . . . [Hamlet in Purgatory] greatly succeeds in bringing alive the powerful complex of fear and longing Shakespeare so deftly deployed. Required reading for those who study Shakespeare, this graceful analysis should also give considerable pleasure to those who merely enjoy him."--Publishers Weekly
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 352
Erscheinungsdatum 20.10.2013
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-691-16024-5
Verlag Princeton University Press
Maße (L/B/H) 21,6/13,9/3 cm
Gewicht 346 g
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