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Shakespeare in Pop Culture
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0497  Friday, 2 March 2001

From:           John Velz <
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Date:           Thursday, 01 Mar 2001 14:19:11 -0600
Subject:        Shakespeare in Pop Culture

In chapter 11 of James Hynes's *The Lecturer's Tale* (Picador, 2001),
the scene is a hiring committee meeting in the English Department at an
imaginary university in the upper Midwest.  A traditionalist and his
post modernist Chairman start hurling barbs from Shakespeare at each
other.  It is pretty funny.  Starts at p. 191 and runs sporadically for
four or five pages including allusions to *Anthony and Cleopatra*, *As
You Like It*, *Hamlet* *Othello* and *Much Ado* inter alia.

The novel is a little overdone as a satire on modern academic life in an
English Department, but it is imaginative and vividly told.

John Velz

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