On this episode of The Custom House we’ll investigate the erotic entanglements of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to try to find out just who wears the pants in this comedy.
In this episode of The Custom House we discuss the way attraction is personal and often independent of social codes and biology. Joined by Linda Charnes, a professor in the English Department at Indiana University whose work focuses on the uses of Shakespeare in the arenas of mass culture, literature, film, and contemporary international politics, we discuss Shakespeare’s mid-career comedy Twelfth Night, or What You Will.
This extended cut deepens the discussion as we look more extensively at the way social codes inhibit and limit “what we will” in our lives. We also discuss the uses of Shakespeare directly or as inspiration in pop culture such as in the “Shakespearean” television program Deadwood.