Shakespeare's Toys


  • Chase Hockema


This Note argues that toys based on Shakespeare's texts are necessarily reductive and parodic, using the Skull Attack Jack (TM) action figure based on the film The Last Action Hero (1993) as its basis. This toy functions as a parody because it introduces significant divergence from the Hamlet in Hamlet, while simultaneously relying on the source text for authority. 

Author Biography

Chase Hockema

Chase Hockema is a recent graduate from the University of Georgia with undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Linguistics. His primary areas of academic interest are rhetoric and composition, transmission analysis, historical linguistics, and Old English and medieval texts. He plans to pursue a graduate degree in rhetoric and composition, with an emphasis in a diachronic analysis of textual multi-modality.