Watch: Shakespearean Spinach

12 June 2015
2015 Alice Griffin Lecture: Shakespearean Spinach


What do Popeye, the Dude, R2-D2 and Quentin Tarantino have in common? That would be The Bard of Avon. Professor Peter Holland 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.

The 2015 Alice Griffin Lecture was given at the University of Auckland as part of the Auckland Writers Festival, by Professor Peter Holland, University of Notre Dame. Professor Holland is the 2015 University of Auckland Alice Griffin Fellow in Shakespeare Studies. Support was also received from the Lion Foundation.