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Shakespearean Spinach

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  • Thu 14 May ’15, 5:00pm – 6:00pm


Clock Tower Building, University of Auckland, 22 Princes St, Auckland CBD Show map


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

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The University of Auckland Free Public Lecture: Shakespearean Spinach with Peter Holland

What do Popeye, the Dude, R2-D2 and Quentin Tarantino have in common? That would be The Bard of Avon. Notre Dame University professor Peter Holland – the University of Auckland’s 2015 Alice Griffin Fellow in Shakespeare Studies – is fascinated by the burgeoning world of Shakespearean spin-offs, mash-ups, dramatisations and novelisations, not to mention the success authors are having turning cult films into dramas using something approximating blank verse. With hidden codes, unlikely heroes, complex puns and a gentle pillorying of scholarly efforts, these riffs lend an intriguing dimension to pop culture’s engagements with Shakespeare.

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