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Hamlet in purgatory

Hamlet in purgatory

Author: Stephen Greenblatt
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Stephen Greenblatt sets out to explain his 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."--Jacket.

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Genre/Form: Tragedy
Tragedies (Drama)
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Greenblatt
ISBN: 0691058733 9780691058733 0691102570 9780691102573
OCLC Number: 44720559
Awards: Runner-up for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2001
Description: xii, 322 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: A Poet's Fable --
Imagining Purgatory --
The Rights of Memory --
Staging Ghosts --
Remember Me.
Responsibility: Stephen Greenblatt.
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Explores the adventure narratives, ghost stories, pilgrimages, and imagery by which a belief in a grisly "prison house of souls" had been shaped and reinforced in the Middle Ages. The author argues  Read more...


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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 Read more...

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