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More Shakespearean Spinoffs
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 1, No. 101. Thursday, 15 Nov 1990.
 
 
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      Subject:  less canonical spinoffs
 
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      Subject: Re:  SHK 1.100  Shakespearean Spinoffs
 
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      Subject: Shakespeare spin-offs
 
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Date:   Thu, 15 Nov 90 10:57:00 EST
From:   <ENG003@UNOMA1>
Subject:  less canonical spinoffs
 
 
Science fiction and fantasy have their Shakespearian spinoffs also, one
of which is _Shakespeare's World_, whose author I cannot recall at the
moment, and another of which is the classic SF film, _Forbidden Planet_,
loosely based on _The Tempest_.
 
Judy Boss
University of Nebraska at Omaha
BITNET: eng003@unoma1
 
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Subject: 1.100  Shakespearean Spinoffs
Comment: Re:  SHK 1.100  Shakespearean Spinoffs
 
I would add two short one-act plays to the list--both by Shaw.  One is
*The Macbeth Skit*, and the other is *Cymbelene Refinished*.  There is
also Shaw's puppet play *Shakes Versus Shav*.
 
A more in direct spinoff is Shaw's *Heartbreak House*.  Although the
play has a reference to *Othello*, *Shakes Versus Shav* draws a direct
line between Shaw's work and *King Lear*:
 
SHAKES  Where is thy Hamlet?  Couldst thou write King Lear?
 
SHAV    Aye, with his daughters all complete.  Couldst thou
        Have written Heartbreak House?  Behold my Lear.
 
Of course, this raises the question of whether we have adaptation, an
allusion, or a source.  One could argue, I think, that adaptation and
sources are related.
 
Stephen Matsuba
York University
 
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Date:   Thu, 15 Nov 90 13:30:51 EST
From:   GA0708@SIUCVMB
Subject: Shakespeare spin-offs
 
This isn't exactly a spin-off, but there is a novel that makes
considerable use of the sonnets while ingeniously explaining
everything about the author of the sonnets, the fair youth, the dark
lady, etc.  It is Cothburn O'Neal's "The Dark Lady" (New York: Crown,
1954) wherein the central character, Rosaline, is the genius behind
Shakespeare.  She is one of his "boy" actors and is having a love
affair with Southampton.  The sonnets are a record of this
relationship.
 
         Herb Donow
         Southern Illinois Univ. at Carbondale
 

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