Make a Donation

Consider making a donation to support SHAKSPER.

Subscribe to Our Feeds

Current Postings RSS

Announcements RSS

Home :: Archive :: 2003 :: July ::
Re: Buffy and Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1492  Wednesday, 23 July 2003

[1]     From:   Carol Morley <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
        Date:   Tuesday, 22 Jul 2003 13:18:37 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1469 Popular Culture

[2]     From:   Jessica Maerz <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
        Date:   Tuesday, 22 Jul 2003 23:18:45 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1469 Buffy and Shakespeare


[1]-----------------------------------------------------------------
From:           Carol Morley <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:           Tuesday, 22 Jul 2003 13:18:37 +0000
Subject: 14.1469 Popular Culture
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1469 Popular Culture

Dear Philip,

As an avid Buffy fan I see your Merchant and raise you an Othello:
Series 3 episode 'Earshot': our heroine is infected by demon blood which
causes non-optional telepathy. Before she realises that this will drive
her insane she passes through a phase of believing this affliction to be
a new superpower, and reads her teacher's mind in a Shakespeare class,
feeding back the woman's own opinions as their new-found insights of the
former class duffer. How fortunate that the cocktail of demon blood
which eventually brings the Slayer back from the brink of complete
mental collapse also seems to remove all signs of wishing to discourse
on Iago as an extrapolation of the Moor's ambivalent interiority. (Is
this a good point to use 'whatever' in the Californian way, by the
bye?).

Moreover, I also offer the star-crossed lovers, Buffy and Angel, for
consideration. True, Shakespeare hasn't actual copyright on thwarted
relationships, but they have an interesting collection of balcony scenes
dotted through the narrative, which have to be more than accidental
variations on a classic staging scenario.

Best wishes,
Carol

[2]-------------------------------------------------------------
From:           Jessica Maerz <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:           Tuesday, 22 Jul 2003 23:18:45 -0400
Subject: 14.1469 Buffy and Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1469 Buffy and Shakespeare

I'm delighted to see that Buffy's use of Shakespeare is making an
appearance here!  I'm presently working on a piece that has given me
reason to "collect" the Shakespeare references that have appeared on the
show; there are many, and they range from the broadly thematic to the
very local.  The examples already cited by Philip Eagle and Anna
Kamaralli are excellent; here are a few others from my "list."

Buffy's Cordelia shares more than just a name with Shakespeare's
character-- her attitude towards revealing the truth is often very
similar, as well.  Cordy's motto? "Tact is just not saying true stuff."

The relationship bewteen Buffy and Angel, which can only be properly
described as "star-cross'd."

Philip Eagle mentions the *Merchant* references in "Out of Mind, Out of
Sight," which parallels the uses of Shakespeare in a later Buffy episode
called "Earshot," where a class discussion about *Othello* illuminates
Buffy's problems with the rogue slayer Faith.

At the conclusion of "The Puppet Show," Buffy, Willow, and Xander
perform an excerpt from *Julius Caesar" for the school talent show.

In the season 5 finale episode, "The Gift," two major English characters
critique a less-than-inspiring speech from Buffy in explicitly
Shakespearean terms:

        SPIKE: Not exactly the St. Crispin's Day speech, was it?
        GILES: "We few, we happy few."
        SPIKE: We band of buggered.

This is just a sampling, but it suffices to say that *Buffy* is rich in
Shakespearean resonances.

Jessica Maerz
University of Georgia

_______________________________________________________________
S H A K S P E R: The Global Shakespeare Discussion List
Hardy M. Cook, 
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
The S H A K S P E R Web Site <http://www.shaksper.net>

DISCLAIMER: Although SHAKSPER is a moderated discussion list, the
opinions expressed on it are the sole property of the poster, and the
editor assumes no responsibility for them.
 

Other Messages In This Thread

©2011 Hardy Cook. All rights reserved.