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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0187 Wednesday, 28 April 2010
From: Alan Young <
Ophelia, Popular Culture, and Web 2.0
Those with an interest in Shakespeare and new digital media, the afterlife of Shakespeare, and the twenty-first century appropriation of Shakespeare may wish to examine the following website:
Its central focus is upon the presence on Web 2.0 (social networking sites, video- and photo-sharing sites, wikis, blogs, and vlogs) of hundreds (if not thousands) of images and videos of the dead or dying Ophelia, potent evidence of the continuity, vitality, and continued strength of the ever evolving and richly textured cultural construct of Shakespeare and, in this instance, the contemporary iconic status of one of Shakespeare's most evocative character creations.
Discrete sections of the website discuss the nature of Web 2.0 and its challenge to Shakespeare scholars; Ophelia images and John Everett Millais; the appropriation and remixing of Ophelia images; images of Ophelia in bath tubs and swimming pools; self-portraits as Ophelia; fragmentation and absence -- postmodern images of Ophelia; and the name "Ophelia" -- appropriation and commercialization. The site also contains copious numbers of links to relevant images, videos, and Web 2.0 sites.
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