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Western Literature discussion <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 3 Mar 2008 16:11:40 -0700
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Films and TV only -- too bad.

Gene Rhodes wrote the wonderful "Paso por Aqui" in which the Eastern character 
spouts literary allusions right and left, most of them from Romantic period 
figures such as Browning. (Come to think of it, the character mentions Childe 
Roland, which may be a precursor to Stephen King using it in "The Dark 
Anyway, I once wrote an article about the literary allusions in "Paso por 
Aqui" but I do not know if they were used in the simply awful movie made from 
the story.

Likewise, I do not know if any of the films made of Wister's "The Virginian" 
retained the mentions of Shakespeare's works. As you recall, the Virginian 
goes on at some length about Prince Hal and Falstaff, comparing Hal to a good 
poker player.

Keep on ...


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>Films and TV, thanks.  - Nic
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>Sent: Monday, March 03, 2008 3:42 PM
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>Subject: Re: bard on the range
>Nick, are you thinking about films, or books too?
>My recollection is that there is a lot of this sort of thing, with
>Shakespeare and others, in Eugene Manlove Rhodes's work. At the moment, I
>can't put my finger on a specific incident, but if you're interested, I'll
>take a look.
>Tom Lynch
>Assistant Professor
>Department of English
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>whirring, I always say to myself hopefully, "After us the dragons." -L.
>Nicolas Witschi <[log in to unmask]>
>Nicolas Witschi <[log in to unmask]>
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>bard on the range
>Dear Westlit,
>I've somehow got it into my head that the performance/reading/invocation of
>Shakespeare has become something of a cliché in westerns, but at the moment
>I can only come up with My Darling Clementine, the St. Crispian's Day speech
>performed in Tombstone, and the death of the old actor in Deadwood (they do
>lines from Lear as he passes). This is for an essay I'm working on--I'm
>interested in scenes that show Shakespeare in performance or where his lines
>are quoted. I'm not so interested in time/place shifting adaptations such as
>Johnny Hamlet or Patrick Stewart's King of Texas. If anyone can point me
>toward further references and scenes of this ilk that you all might be
>willing to point me toward would be greatly appreciated.
>Thanks,  - Nic
>Nicolas Witschi
>Associate Chair and
>Associate Professor
>Department of English
>Western Michigan University
>Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331
>269-387-2562 (fax)