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Re: Star Trek Allusions
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 8.0077.  Friday, 17 January 1997.

(1)     From:   Stephen Buhler <
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        Date:   Thursday, 16 Jan 1997 13:06:06 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0069  Star Trek Allusions

(2)     From:   Jane A Thompson <
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        Date:   Thursday, 16 Jan 1997 13:37:38 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0069 Star Trek Allusions


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From:           Stephen Buhler <
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Date:           Thursday, 16 Jan 1997 13:06:06 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 8.0069  Star Trek Allusions
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0069  Star Trek Allusions

Richard Burt has helpfully listed several of the Shakespeare allusions
appearing in *Star Trek*--the original series, the *Next Generation*, and the
film *ST6: The Undiscovered Country*.  Many of these have been considered in
detail in a special issue of the Science Fiction and Fantasy journal
*Extrapolation*.  Devoted to the uses of Shakespeare in *Star Trek*'s various
incarnations, the Spring 1995 issue (volume 36, number 1) was edited by Susan
C. Hines.

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From:           Jane A Thompson <
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Date:           Thursday, 16 Jan 1997 13:37:38 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 8.0069 Star Trek Allusions
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0069 Star Trek Allusions

Well, Richard Burt's is an OK list;  however, it is not complete. There is a
fairly complete list for _Star Trek_ (the original series), _Star Trek:  The
Next Generation_, and the films through _Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered
Country_ in a FAQ posted originally to rec.arts.startrek.misc.  That FAQ also
includes some commentary, chiefly on the _Hamlet_ quote in the film title, but
I think it misses the allusions in "Darmok."

There are several essays around on this topic.  In fact, _Extrapolation_ had a
special issue on Shakespeare references in _Star Trek_.  There was also a
session at the last MidAtlantic Popular Culture Conference--the paper call that
resulted in this session was posted on SHAKSPER, in fact.  (I was in that
session myself.)

Anyway, there is still no source I know of that lists any Shakespeare allusions
in the two _Star Treks_ currently running, and in my admittedly spotty viewing,
I've never noticed any allusions.  Has anyone else?  I'd like to know this, as
my own thesis was that the first and second series are in competition for their
shared market in _ST6_, and the "old" ST attempts to take back a kind of
cultural high ground from the new series through its manipulation (sometimes
extreme) of Shakespeare.  But since the film, its passing joke about
Shakespeare as being secretly a Klingon (David Warner's character says
something like, "You don't really know Shakespeare unless you have experienced
him in the original Klingon") has blossomed into the voluminous work of the
Klingon Institute (I think that's its name--it's got a Website, but I don't
know the address), "re-translating" the Shakespearean canon and the Bible--and
probably other texts by now--into the alphabet and language invented by Marc
Okrand.  _Hamlet_ is apparently finished;  I don't know what version of the
text they chose to translate as I don't read Klingon.  (Klingon now has more
speakers than Esperanto.)

I'm  not quite sure what to make of all this--perhaps some of you have
reactions.

                --Jane
 

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