The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0916 Tuesday, 29 September 1998.
Date: Monday, 28 Sep 1998 12:11:21 -0700
Subject: Q: Citation for "Shakespeare as television writer?"
Help! I'm frantically working on a discussion of how Shakespeare's
financial position in the Chamberlain-King's men (player, attached
dramatist, sharer, householder) helps to create a relationship with his
audience that mirrors certain aspects of how we watch television and
movies today-with the general argument being that Shakespeare
anticipated the invention of mass culture.
Here's why I'm in need: in my third chapter I talk about the old cliche
that if Shakespeare were working today he'd be a television writer-that
is, he'd be working in the ultimate mass medium. Does anybody know
where this cliche comes from? Where I can find a reference to it in
print? Have any of y'all written it down in an essay that has then been
If anybody can help me on this (including, please please, a full
citation), I'd be immensely grateful).
Somewhat desperately yours,
Dept. of English