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An Image in Greenblatt's _Hamlet in Purgatory_
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0511  Wednesday, 27 August 2008

From:       Jack Heller <
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Date:       Monday, 25 Aug 2008 11:46:03 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 19.0499 An Image in Greenblatt's _Hamlet in Purgatory_
Comment:    Re: SHK 19.0499 An Image in Greenblatt's _Hamlet in Purgatory_

I have had responses to this inquiry from Kristen McDermott, Joe Egert, David 
Evett, and offlist from Nicole Coonradt. I appreciate the replies.  The problems 
I am having with the image as printed in Greenblatt's book have to do with 
discerning its details: Within the image or its original, can we tell if the 
human figures in that image have some kind of access to the blood of Christ? 
Commonly in the images of the era, the answer is yes, but I cannot tell from the 
image in _Hamlet in Purgatory_. Nicole Coonradt believes the human figures are 
standing "atop a towered castle-like structure." I think so too, but I am not 
sure why-that is not a feature common to these kinds of images.

Thank you for the help so far with this inquiry. I will look up the books 
suggested, and I'll note that I have also found Carolyn Walker Bynum's recent 
book _Wonderous Blood_ helpful on this subject.

Sincerely,
Jack Heller

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