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Remixing Shakespeare

Remixing Shakespeare

This video was recorded at MIT Communications Forum. All hail Sir William Mix-a-Lot, da mash meister Shakespeare! These panelists sing his praises as an inspiration for crossover and convergence art, and discourse on the endless reworking of his oeuvre. Says Diana Henderson, "When I hear people talking about digital and multimedia, I'm always forced to say yes, but that's nothing new." 50 years after Shakespeare's death, King Lear's ending received an extensive rewrite, Henderson recounts, where "Edgar and Cordelia have a nice romantic relationship and a happy ending." We may mock this today, but "in its historical moment," notes Henderson, when a generation was threatened by the usurpation of the throne, "it was not so silly." Song and dance was added to serious dramas – a comic thought... Show More

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