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Palace of the End (2007) Judith Thompson, b. 1954
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Lectures on Thompson’s  Palace  of the End Lecture 1: triptych form and problems  of “framing” Lecture 2: guest lecturer Evan Mauro,  on documentary Lecture 3: visceral imagery;  accountability in global and local  contexts
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The three monologues, inspired by real  events, are: Soldier, female: “My Pyramids” Dr. David Kelly: “Harrowdown Hills” Nehrjas Al Saffarh: “Instruments of Yearning”
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The form of  Palace of the End Monologue: “a lengthy speech by a single person” (Abrams  85) Triptych: A work of visual art consisting of three  panels, presented side by side.  Associated with sacred art, specifically Christian altarpieces depicting the  crucifixion or the Madonna and child.
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juxtaposition Definition: “The action of placing two or more  things close together or side by side, or one  thing with or beside another; the condition of  being so placed.” (OED) Implications for literary analysis: readers are  asked to think about how the    juxtaposed  objects/images may be  related , in both expected  and unexpected ways.
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Epic Theatre Ensemble, New York, 2008.  Production still.  From  left: Teri Lamm as Lynndie England, Rocco Sisto as David Kelly  and Heather Raffo as Nehrjas Al Saffarh  
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Rogier van der Weyden,   The Crucifixion  Triptych , circa 1440
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Francis Bacon,  Three Studies for Figures at the Base of  a Crucifixion,  circa 1944
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To learn to see the frame that blinds us to what we see is no easy matter. And if there is a critical role for visual 
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