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Re: Spear-treking
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0153  Friday, 29 January 1999.

[1]     From:   Brian J. Corrigan <
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        Date:   Thursday, 28 Jan 1999 11:32:31 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0144 Re: Spear-shaking

[2]     From:   Bob Haas <
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        Date:   Thursday, 28 Jan 1999 16:04:10 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0135 Re: Spear-shakin'


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From:           Brian J. Corrigan <
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Date:           Thursday, 28 Jan 1999 11:32:31 EDT
Subject: 10.0144 Re: Spear-shaking
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0144 Re: Spear-shaking

> Jean Peterson writes that
>
> >I thought it was curious that in the last film ("First
> >Contact")  the Trek tradition of constant Shakespeare references seemed
> >to have been dropped in favor of "Moby Dick."  So is it more harpoons,
> >or back to Spear-shakin'?  Just wondering.

Of course, Picard's tag "Make it so" is lifted from  _White Jacket_, so
perhaps there has always been a little touch of Melville in their
flight.

Cheers,
Brian Jay Corrigan

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From:           Bob Haas <
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Date:           Thursday, 28 Jan 1999 16:04:10 -0500
Subject: 10.0135 Re: Spear-shakin'
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0135 Re: Spear-shakin'

In the latest Trek outing, INSURRECTION, the tip of the
literary/cultural hat goes instead to Gilbert and Sullivan with a song
from, I think, H.M.S. PINAFORE.

By the way, the MOBY DICK connection in FIRST CONTACT is yet another
exploration of this source for TREK.  THE WRATH OF KHAN has Ricardo
Montalban hissing several lines co-opted from Ahab.  Man, that's actin'!

> By the way, can anyone who has seen the latest Trek film tell me whether
> or not Shakespeare makes an appearance as transcendent cultural
> signifier?  I thought it was curious that in the last film ("First
> Contact")  the Trek tradition of constant Shakespeare references seemed
> to have been dropped in favor of "Moby Dick."  So is it more harpoons,
> or back to Spear-shakin'?  Just wondering.

Bob Haas
Department of English
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
 

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