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Shakespeare, Adaptation, and Film, Day 1

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Transcript of Shakespeare, Adaptation, and Film, Day 1

Shakespeare,
Adaptation,
and Film

Day 1
Adaptation and Appropriation
"Why Shakespeare?"
Shakespeare and Pop-Culture
More Terminology
Who Owns Pop Culture?
The Importance of
Pleasure and Play
The Problem of Terminology
What's the relationship to the source material?
What's the purpose of
Adaptation and Appropriation?
Contact Me
Attendance
Textbooks
The Syllabus:
Highlights
patricia.r.taylor@uconn.edu
“In these phrases the relationship [between source and adaptation] is often viewed as linear and reductive; the appropriation is always in the secondary, belated position, and the discussion will therefore always be, to a certain extent, about difference, lack, and loss.” (12)
“Adaptation and appropriation are fundamental to the practice and the enjoyment of literature.” (1)
"Rooted in concepts of ownership . . . the term [appropriation] conceives of Shakespeare as a kind of property to which groups claim control. The term springs from Marxist analysis and retains the connotation that this struggle to claim Shakespeare is contentious, a matter of a weaker party wresting something of value from unwilling or hostile hands." (5)
Authors, Producers, Companies?
(The Culture Industry?)
Office Hours
T/Th 1:30-2:30, and by appointment
At Films
Film Viewings: Attendance on Thursday Nights for our film viewings is NOT mandatory, but it is highly recommended. It is a lot more fun to watch these films as a group, and we’ll be joined by another class of honors students. If you cannot attend, you must watch the film on your own, take notes, etc. Most films are available on our HuskyCT site, or on 3 hour reserve in the library.
If you have the flu...
... stay home. Really.
Don’t return to class until 24 hours after you are fever-free (using Ibuprofen, etc., does not count). You are not required to obtain a doctor’s note to confirm your illness or recovery; it is expected that you will be honest about missing class due to illness. Being absent for the flu will use up your skips, but I won't deduct from your participation grade if you send me an e-mail before the class you'll be missing. You will be expected to make up assignments and get notes from someone else in class.
Sign ups
http://patriciartaylor.youcanbook.me
Schedule,
Sign-ups,
and
Questions
Our Question:
Why study Adaptations and Appropriations?
by Julie Sanders
To comment on a text
To complicate or expand a text
To make a text comprehensible to a new audience
"Not to pass on a tradition,
but to break its hold over us."
" 'borrowing, stealing, appropriating, inheriting, assimilating . . . being influenced, inspired, dependent, indebted, haunted, possessed . . . homage, mimicry, travesty, echo, allusion, intertextuality.' We could continue the linguistic riff, adding into the mix: variation, version, interpretation, imitation, proximiation, supplement, increment, improvisation, prequel, sequel, continuation, addition, paratext, hypertext, palimpsest, graft, rewriting, reworking, refashioning, re-vision, re-evaluation." (3)
Quotation vs. Citation
Pastiche vs. Parody
Adaptation vs. Appropriation
When should we worry about fidelity?
Exceptions?
“Adaptation into another medium becomes a means of prolonging the pleasure of the original presentation, and repeating the production of a memory.” (24)
"Where No Bard has Gone Before"
by Douglas Lanier
"The 'and' in 'Shakespeare and popular culture' marks not just a link but a distinction." (3)
What are the problems with studying Shakespeare and popular culture?
But...
"It is important to question the idea of appropriation and to attend to those instances of Shakespop that might be explained in terms of negotiation, collaboration, exchange, or other models. My larger point is that we should be attentive to what these terms enable us to see and what they obscure as we use them to examine Shakespeare and popular culture." (5)
Audiences (fans?)
What's Worth Studying?
Who Can Use Shakespeare?
How Do We Use Shakespeare?
Who Has Access to Shakespeare?
For Next Time: Taming of the Shrew, Acts 1 & 2
consider writing a short response! First one is due no later than next week.
English 2011
Dr. Patricia Taylor
How can adaptation and appropriation be "fundamental . . . to the enjoyment of literature"?
Does this fit with your experience?
Or not?
I've ordered specific editions of the textbooks for our class. This is important because:
There are extra materials in the back, including adaptations and appropriations we may be referencing in class. They also serve as great resources for research.
Different editions of Shakespeare's plays are sometimes substantially different from one another. Many of the plays have multiple versions, and editors may choose the bits they like from one or the other and conflate them.
For Example: Hamlet!


So, please, if possible, use the textbooks on order. If this is a problem please see me after class.
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