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Re: Wittenberg and Paris
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0213  Tuesday, 30 January 2001

From:           Aimee Luzier <
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Date:           Monday, 29 Jan 2001 21:06:42 EST
Subject: 12.0154 Hendiadys
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0154 Hendiadys

About Hamlet - Wittenberg and Laertes - Paris...  I have heard it said
that the connection may have something to do with Paris being a
particularly Catholic bastion and Wittenberg being a hotbed of
Lutheranism/Calvinism, the latter being particularly interesting in
light of Hamlet's questioning of all of his religious/spiritual
assumptions. Off in the wilds of Oregon and far from my usual reference
material, I cannot seem to remember which famous person it was who did
most of his work from Wittenberg! (It may have been one of the early
scientists).

The Protestant/Catholic argument might also be tied to questions of
Providence (as in "special" Providence ala Calvin vs the Augustinian
version) I apologize most sincerely for my fuzzy references but hope
this helps stir discussion.

Aimee Luzier
 

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