Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 51. Friday, 15 Feb 1991.
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 91 14:35:00 EST
Subject: 2.0042 Brazilian Spinoff (Cont'd)
Comment: Re: SHK 2.0042 Brazilian Spinoff (Cont'd)
Alas, I cannot find my copy of Dom Casmurro, so I can't really
explain the Othello connection. Let me just say that the translator of
the book into English (is it Helen Gardner?) mentions that Machado de
Assis uses Othello as a kind of sub-text, and, indeed, she wrote a
scholarly book on the topic, which I've read... Tell you what, when
I'm back in my office next week I'll look it up and report back.
As for other spinoffs, why hasn't anybody mentioned Shakespeare
in opera? And (still farther removed) Anna Russell's spook of Italian
operas based on Shakespeare plays, "Hamletto." Her delivery of the
line, "Ecco! Il Spook!" is dazzling, and her commentary on Ophelia is
a masterpiece of bathetic timing.
-- Kevin Berland