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Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0577  Tuesday, 23 June 1998.

[1]     From:   Hugh Grady <
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        Date:   Thursday, 18 Jun 1998 14:31:38 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0565  Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespeare

[2]     From:   Ilona Goldmane <
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        Date:   Thursday, 18 Jun 1998 20:51:45 +0200 (WET)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0570 Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespeare

[3]     From:   Tim Richards <
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        Date:   Friday, 19 Jun 1998 08:12:18 +1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0565  Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespeare

[4]     From:   Richard A Burt <
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        Date:   Monday, 22 Jun 1998 11:14:44 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespearean Materials


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From:           Hugh Grady <
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Date:           Thursday, 18 Jun 1998 14:31:38 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 9.0565  Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0565  Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespeare

On Ilona Goldmane's two questions:

1. This question is liable to illicit a critical cornocupia, or Babel.
Let me get my two cents in early: I'd recommend for an overview of
contemporary approaches to the tragedies, John Drakakis's anthology
'Shakespearean Tragedy.' And Jonathan Dollimore's 'Radical Tragedy,'
while marked by lacunae of the 80s on subjectivity and humanism, is
provocative and worth a look. And let me plug, for Troilus, Othello, and
Lear, my recent 'Shakespeare's Universal Wolf.'

2. At the Cleveland meeting of the Shakespeare Assn. of America in April
98, Eric Mallin gave a fascinating paper on the use of 'Hamlet' in
Arnold Schwartenegger's (sp?) underrated "Last Action Hero." Suffice it
to say that a good deal of humorous irony was involved.

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From:           Ilona Goldmane <
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Date:           Thursday, 18 Jun 1998 20:51:45 +0200 (WET)
Subject: 9.0570 Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0570 Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespeare

Dear colleagues,

Thank you very much for your references concerning Schwarzenegger's
Hamlet. I hope I watch him in this role one day.

Sincerely yours,
Ilona Goldmane
University of Latvia

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From:           Tim Richards <
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Date:           Friday, 19 Jun 1998 08:12:18 +1000
Subject: 9.0565  Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0565  Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespeare

>2) What do you know about a "Hamlet" with Arnold Schwarznieger and don't
>you think a little bit strange to invite this actor to this role?

It was a sequence in his comedy film, "The Last Action Hero", in which a
kid studying Shakespeare daydreams about his favourite action hero in
the role of Hamlet.  Schwarzenegger is no prince of procrasination - he
wades into the part with gusto and ends by blowing up Elsinore.  It's
only a few minutes long, and in black and white as I recall... a good
laugh.

Tim Richards.

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From:           Dale Lyles <
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Date:           Friday, 19 Jun 1998 19:42:58 EDT
Subject: 9.0570  Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0570  Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespeare

So... what would you cast Der Arnold as?

Dale Lyles
Newnan Community Theatre Company

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From:           Richard A Burt <
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Date:           Monday, 22 Jun 1998 11:14:44 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespearean Materials

There is a film called Titus directed by Julie Taymor due out in 1999.
Don't know if it stars A. Hopkins or not.
 

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