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"Spin-off" Help?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0058  Friday, 9 January 2004

[1]     From:   Stephen C. Rose <
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        Date:   Thursday, 8 Jan 2004 04:26:46 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0047 "Spin-off" Help?

[2]     From:   Gabriel Egan <
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        Date:   Thursday, 8 Jan 2004 12:17:17 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0034 "Spin-off" Help?

[3]     From:   Joanne Walen <
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        Date:   Thursday, 8 Jan 2004 12:31:51 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0047  "Spin-off" Help?


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From:           Stephen C. Rose <
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Date:           Thursday, 8 Jan 2004 04:26:46 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 15.0047 "Spin-off" Help?
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0047 "Spin-off" Help?

But good grief! The Atwood reading is a very slender reed upon which to
hang such a ponderous "essay".

Back under the bridge for me. All the best, S

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From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Thursday, 8 Jan 2004 12:17:17 -0800
Subject: 15.0034 "Spin-off" Help?
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0034 "Spin-off" Help?

Megan Fitzpatrick wrote

 >I'm teaching a course on intertextuality, and am using "Hamlet" as the
 >jumping off point since our local Shakespeare troupe is currently
 >performing it, and doing R&G next. I have plenty of plays, poems and a
 >novel (many of which I found on the SHAKSPER site) but am in dire need
 >of a short story (or two, or three) that picks up on any of the
 >themes/characters in "Hamlet."

By her term 'intertextualite' Julia Kristeva meant something rather
different from the uses to which people now put 'intertextuality', which
is generally confined to the study of sources and reuses.  Kristeva was
interested in the multiple intersections of a quasi-textual nature that
go into an artistic product.

One such intersection occurs between the career path of the actor Tom
Cruise and the story of the Vietnam veteran told in the Oliver Stone's
film 'Born on 4th July'. Prior to that film, Cruise had usually acted
the all-American boy who plays by the officially-promulgated rules of
that society and wins all that he could want (the girl, the job, the
glory). The character in 'Born on 4th July' starts as just such a
golden-boy and gets, saving your reverences, screwed by the system.
Audiences coming to the film with a knowledge of Cruise's screen role
types might well expect his character to triumph over adversity, and be
shocked that he doesn't. In casting Cruise, one might say that Stone
used the audience expectations built up by Cruise's previous work to
form an 'intertextualite' with the story he wished to present.

Apparently, Franco Zeffirelli claimed to have cast Mel Gibson in his
film of _Hamlet_ having been impressed with Gibson's portrayal of a
suicidal policeman in the film _Lethal Weapon_. The expectations
generated by such a casting might count in an argument about
'intertextualite'.

Gabriel Egan

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From:           Joanne Walen <
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Date:           Thursday, 8 Jan 2004 12:31:51 EST
Subject: 15.0047  "Spin-off" Help?
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0047  "Spin-off" Help?

Try John Turing's *My Nephew Hamlet* for a retelling of the story from
Caludius' point of view.

Joanne Walen

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