The Simpsons' Shakespeare: Hamlet Today. Possible Meanings and Consequences of a Parodic Appropriaton

  • Maria Elisa Montironi Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo
Keywords: reception theory, Hamlet, Shakespeare’s afterlife, The Simpsons, appropriation


Within a theoretical framework which includes receptions theory and the theories on the afterlife of Shakespeare, this paper aims at illustrating how Shakespeare’s Hamlet has been formatted for contemporary audience by “The Simpsons”, the successful animated sitcom that shares with the English playwright more than one feature, primarily the fact of being a worldwide icon, thus a global phenomenon. First of all, the figure of Shakespeare will be described, as it is shown in many episodes of the series, among the hundreds aired till now. Furthermore, the parody of Hamlet played by the beloved and well known yellow characters of the cartoon will be described, mainly pointing out the contemporary reading of the Renaissance text, and the way in which it influences its circulation in our society.





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Author Biography

Maria Elisa Montironi, Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo

Maria Elisa Montironi, cultore della materia in Storia del teatro inglese e docente a contratto di Lingua inglese presso l’Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo.

Dottorato di ricerca in Studi interculturali Europei (Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo, 2008-2011). Tesi: “Riscritture tedesche del Coriolanus di Shakespeare (1609-1951). Ricezione politica e politica della ricezione” (in pubblicazione presso la Peter Lang Verlag, Bern, Frankfurt am Main et al., nella collana Interkulturelle Begegnungen).

Si è occupata della teoria della ricezione, della afterlife delle opere di Shakespeare e delle riscritture brechtiane dei classici.



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How to Cite
Montironi, M. E. (2012). The Simpsons’ Shakespeare:<i> Hamlet </i&gt; Today. Possible Meanings and Consequences of a Parodic Appropriaton. Between, 2(4).