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Collaborations with the Past: Reshaping Shakespeare Across Time and Media

Collaborations with the Past: Reshaping Shakespeare Across Time and Media

This video was recorded at Authors@MIT. Shakespeare has powerfully influenced generations of artists in all fields. His works, in spite of their formidable iconic force, invite interpretive play, and Diana Henderson construes Shakespeare's connection with his artistic descendants as collaboration. Artists use his plays "as a kaleidoscope," and "shake up Shakespeare…. We remake him in our own image, often with spectacular results," says Henderson. Using film and novels to illustrate this point, Henderson's new book explores several intriguing instances of Shakespeare "shifting." Sir Walter Scott recast "Othello" in his novel, Kenilworth, and Virginia Woolf used "Cymbeline" in Mrs. Dalloway. Henderson's talk takes up Franco Zeffirelli's "Taming of the Shrew," starring the dueling celeb couple... Show More

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