Make a Donation

Consider making a donation to support SHAKSPER.

Subscribe to Our Feeds

Current Postings RSS

Announcements RSS

Home :: Archive :: 1999 :: July ::
Shakespeare in Popular Culture
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1286  Thursday, 22 July 1999.

From:           Hugh Davis <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:           Friday, 16 Jul 1999 13:26:48 EDT
Subject:        Shakespeare in Popular Culture

I've become aware of three recent Shakespearean references in popular
culture.

First, in the LFO single "Summer Girls," which appears to be a rap with
allusions to the eighties, the lead singer says, "Billy Shakespeare
wrote a whole bunch of sonnets."  There is no other literary reference,
but the singer does manage to rhyme sonnet with hornet.

Second, in the latest Previews catalog (a catalog of comics and related
sf items), a toy pack is offered with Forbidden Planet (which is, of
course, an sf version of The Tempest) characters.  According to the
catalog, this is made to resemble plastic playsets of the 1950s, and
each silver-colored figure is 2 1/2" tall.  The set (which is listed at
$19.99) features Robby the Robot, Capt. Adams, Altaira, and Professor
Morbius.

Finally, the same Previews catalog lists a graphic novel by Caliber
Press called Saint Germane:  Falstaff.  This is apparently part of a
series of St.  Germaine one-shots, and it retails for $2.95.  The
description reads "Saint Germane shows the old and decrepit Casanova
[presumably the titular character, as I am not familiar with the series]
a tale of true sadness, that of Falstaff, the vagabond mentor of Henry
V."

Thought some might want to know,
Hugh Davis
 

©2011 Hardy Cook. All rights reserved.