Stellifying Shakespeare: Celestial Imperialism and the Advent of Universal Genius

  title={Stellifying Shakespeare: Celestial Imperialism and the Advent of Universal Genius},
  author={Todd Andrew Borlik},
  journal={Shakespeare in Southern Africa},
  • T. Borlik
  • Published 14 October 2014
  • Physics
  • Shakespeare in Southern Africa
As astounding as it may sound, the classic 1956 sci-fi film Forbidden Planet, which teleports The Tempest to outer space, did not mark the first time Shakespeare left Earth's orbit. In 1852, four years after the publication of The Apotheosis of Shakespeare - a high-water mark of Victorian Bardolatry - Frank Feather Dally's grandiose vision of Shakespeare's ascension to the heavens would come true. As if cued by Dally's poem, John Herschel - the son of William Herschel, the famed discoverer of… 
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