Major Evening Event
Ghosts, Revenge, and Conscience in Hamlet
The Public Theater
Whether a “spirit of health or goblin damned” – or indeed the ghost of his father on parole from a very Catholic Purgatory – the apparition that Hamlet and his friends encounter on the battlements comes in such a “questionable shape” that Prince Hamlet vows to remember it. Harvard Professor Stephen Greenblatt will examine how Hamlet enacts his vow of memory, while at the same time investigating the honesty of the supernatural message and attempting to answer the profoundly humanist question of how to act rightly – with “perfect conscience” – within a Danish state that is rotten at its core.
Monday, May 8 at 7 pm
ABOUT STEPHEN GREENBLATT
Stephen Greenblatt is Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. He is the author of twelve books, including The Swerve: How the World Became Modern; Shakespeare's Freedom; Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare; Hamlet in Purgatory; Marvelous Possessions; and Renaissance Self-Fashioning. He is General Editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature and of The Norton Shakespeare, has edited seven collections of criticism, and is a founding editor of the journal Representations. His honors include the 2016 Holberg Prize from the Norwegian Parliament, the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and the 2011 National Book Award for The Swerve, MLA’s James Russell Lowell Prize (twice), Harvard University’s Cabot Fellowship, the Distinguished Humanist Award from the Mellon Foundation, Yale’s Wilbur Cross Medal, the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre, the Erasmus Institute Prize, two Guggenheim Fellowships and the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of California, Berkeley. Among his named lecture series are the Adorno Lectures in Frankfurt, the University Lectures at Princeton, and the Clarendon Lectures at Oxford, and he has held visiting professorships at universities in Beijing, Kyoto, London, Paris, Florence, Torino, Trieste, and Bologna, as well as the Renaissance residency at the American Academy in Rome. He was president of the Modern Language Association of America and is a permanent fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin. He has been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Letters, and the American Philosophical Society.
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