ACC Distinguished Lecturer Peter Holland

On November 19-20, as part of the Year of Humanities and the ACC Distinguished Lecturer series, Pitt is honored to welcome the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies Peter Holland from the University of Notre Dame. Professor Holland is fascinated by the burgeoning world of Shakespearean spin-offs, mash-ups, dramatizations, and novelizations, 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.

Professor Holland will deliver a talk titled "Spinach and Tobacco: Making Shakespearian Unoriginals." The talk will address Shakespeare, Popeye, Star Wars, and The Big Lebowski (among other things).

This event is also sponsored by the ACC Academic Consortium. For more information on the event, contact Dan Kubis at

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Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 4:00pm

Location and Address

University Club, Ballroom A