Presentation Title

To Bardly Go Where the Pretentious Have Gone Before

Presenter Information

Chris Miller

Location

IB 1010

Start Date

19-3-2016 10:30 AM

End Date

19-3-2016 10:45 AM

Abstract

The world is arguably divided into two groups: those who love Shakespeare and those for whom Shakespeare is the author of the boring play they had to read in Grade 10. In English 3650 (Shakespeare) last winter, I completed a project, a video-essay, that explored the impact of Shakespeare's narratives on Star Trek - both the television series and the films. This video-essay shows some of the ways in which Shakespeare's language, plots, and characters have entered works of popular culture - and thus the lives of many who may not even be aware they are hearing Shakespearean language and seeing Shakespearean-flavoured stories. In my presentation, I will both show my video-essay and argue that Shakespeare who wrote the most influential plays in the English language deserves to be viewed through the lens of popular culture.

Department

English and Modern Languages

Faculty Advisor

Connie Brim

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To Bardly Go Where the Pretentious Have Gone Before

IB 1010

The world is arguably divided into two groups: those who love Shakespeare and those for whom Shakespeare is the author of the boring play they had to read in Grade 10. In English 3650 (Shakespeare) last winter, I completed a project, a video-essay, that explored the impact of Shakespeare's narratives on Star Trek - both the television series and the films. This video-essay shows some of the ways in which Shakespeare's language, plots, and characters have entered works of popular culture - and thus the lives of many who may not even be aware they are hearing Shakespearean language and seeing Shakespearean-flavoured stories. In my presentation, I will both show my video-essay and argue that Shakespeare who wrote the most influential plays in the English language deserves to be viewed through the lens of popular culture.