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Modern Shakespearean Film Translations and Speech Community. Michael Thór Kuzmack Linguistic Anthropology Prof. Herrera 12/14/13. THESIS.

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modern shakespearean film translations and speech community

Modern Shakespearean Film Translations and Speech Community

Michael ThórKuzmack

Linguistic Anthropology

Prof. Herrera

12/14/13

thesis
THESIS
  • 10 Things I Hate About You, delivers a contemporary interpretation of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew to a broader, modern speech community, however, the adaptation of the text causes the context and message intended for the original 16th century speech communities to get lost in translation leaving modern audiences with a fractured, warped version of Taming of the Shrew.
early modern english
Early Modern English
  • Auspicious, baseless, bloody, bump, changeful, dwindle, impartial, lonely, premeditated, road, and suspicious.
sentence pattern
Sentence Pattern
  • SVO-Will caught the ball
  • SOV-Will the ball caught
  • OSV-The ball Will caught
prose
Prose
  • Tranio, since for the great desire I had
  • To see fair Padua, nursery of arts,
  • I am arrived for fruitful Lombardy,
  • The pleasant garden of great Italy;
  • And by my father's love and leave am arm'd
  • With his good will and thy good company,
  • My trusty servant, well approved in all,
  • Here let us breathe and haply institute. (1.1.1) Lucentio
rhymed verse
Rhymed Verse
  • Petruchio: Nay, hear you, Kate: in sooth you scape not so.
  • KAT: I chafe you, if I tarry: let me go.
iambic pentameter
Iambic Pentameter
  • The rhythm in each line sounds like ba-BUM/ ba-BUM/ ba-BUM/ ba-Bum/ ba BUM. Each pair of syllables is called an iamb.

"That have by marriage made thy daughter mine

While counterfeit supposes bleared thineeyne" (5.1)

blank verse
Blank Verse
  • I do not sleep: I see, I hear, I speak;
  • I smell sweet savours and I feel soft things:
  • Upon my life, I am a lord indeed
  • And not a tinker nor Christopher Sly. (Induction.2.4)
kat s ending monologue
Kat’s ending monologue
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGV4hxhxW8o
so what
So What?
  • The modernized simplification of the Early Modern English text to Modern English text bastardizes Shakespeare’s original message delivering a hollow shell of the classic play to modern speech communities.