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Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespearean Materials
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0538  Wednesday, 10 June 1998.

[1]     From:   Billy Houck <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 9 Jun 1998 10:40:48 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0533 Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespearean Materials

[2]     From:   Karin Lee Kross <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 9 Jun 1998 09:45:51 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0533 Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespearean Materials

[3]     From:   Richard A. Burt <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 09 Jun 1998 12:01:08 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0533 Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespearean Materials

[4]     From:   Melissa D. Aaron <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 9 Jun 1998 12:03:17 -0500
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[5]     From:   Bruce Young <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 09 Jun 1998 16:02:22 +0000
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[6]     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 09 Jun 1998 17:40:22 -0400
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From:           Billy Houck <
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Date:           Tuesday, 9 Jun 1998 10:40:48 EDT
Subject: 9.0533 Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespearean
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0533 Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespearean
Materials

<<There is a play in which the ghost of John Barrymore haunts someone
cast
to play Hamlet-for the life of me I cannot think of the title>>

It's called "I Hate Hamlet".

Don't forget the plays "Fortinbras", "The African Company Presents
Richard III" and "Two Shakespearean Actors"

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From:           Karin Lee Kross <
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Date:           Tuesday, 9 Jun 1998 09:45:51 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 9.0533 Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespearean
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0533 Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespearean
Materials

Some brief notes:

> From: Justin Bacon <
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> (movie) A Thousand Acres -- Lear

Originally a book by Jane Smiley, and the book is far superior to the
film.

> There is a play in which the ghost of John Barrymore haunts someone cast
> to play Hamlet-for the life of me I cannot think of the title.

That would be "I Hate Hamlet" by Paul Rudnick.

A couple of other films, in case they haven't been mentioned yet,
include Akria Kurosawa's "Ran" and "Throne of Blood" ("Lear" and
"Macbeth" respectively).

-Karin

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From:           Richard A. Burt <
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Date:           Tuesday, 09 Jun 1998 12:01:08 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 9.0533 Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespearean
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0533 Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespearean
Materials

In terms of contemporary spin-offs, I list a great many currently
unarchived examples in my book _Unspeakable ShaXXXspeares_ due out this
September from St. Martin's.  Michael Bristol and I are editing an
encyclopedia entitled Shakespeare 2000, modeled on the BFI reference
work _Walking Shadows_ which will document instances of Shakespeare in
American popular culture across all media and genres.

Best,
Richard

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Date:           Tuesday, 9 Jun 1998 12:03:17 -0500
Subject: 9.0533 Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespearean
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0533 Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespearean
Materials

>There is a play in which the ghost of John Barrymore haunts someone cast
>to play Hamlet-for the life of me I cannot think of the title.

It's called "I hate Hamlet."

Melissa Aaron
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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From:           Bruce Young <
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Date:           Tuesday, 09 Jun 1998 16:02:22 +0000
Subject: 9.0533 Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespearean
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0533 Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespearean
Materials

Others have mentioned most of the items I first thought of, but I have
one or two to add.  When I followed the editor's suggestion to download
the spinoff and character bibliographies, it occurred to me that maybe
H. D. (Hilda Doolittle) should be added to one or the other of those
lists by virtue of her ?novel "HERmione."  (Also H. D. named her
daughter "Perdita.")

I also noticed Tim Slover's play _March Tale_ listed under "fiction" on
the character bibliography.  It is in fact a play-I know the playwright
and have seen the play, a remarkable one, with Queen Elizabeth, Will
Shakespeare, Will Kemp, Richard Burbage, and others among the
characters.

--Bruce Young

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Date:           Tuesday, 09 Jun 1998 17:40:22 -0400
Subject: 9.0533 Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespearean
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0533 Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespearean
Materials

Robert Stone in his most recent novel, <italic>Damascus Gate</italic>,
recurrently alludes to Shakespeare's plays.  I haven't kept a list, but
I think most of the allusions are to the tragedies.  Interestingly, he
changes <italic>Lear</italic>'s "unaccommodated" (3.4.106) to
"unrequited" (w/r/t the Palestinians).  At first, I thought it was
Stone's mistake, but I now (near page 400) think the change is
intentional.

Yours, Bill Godshalk
 

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