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Re: A Non-Shakespearean Question
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0235  Thursday, 1 February 2001

From:           Dana Shilling <
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Date:           Wednesday, 31 Jan 2001 11:09:34 -0500
Subject: 12.0220 A Non-Shakespearean Question
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0220 A Non-Shakespearean Question

Ed Kranz asked:

>Several months ago I read The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor. The
>Great Indian Novel is modeled on and parallels The Mahabharata.  Is
>there a term for a literary work like this i.e. one which rests on and
>is dependent on an earlier text for a full appreciation like Ulysses or
>the many which are underpinned by the Bible e.g. Joseph and His Brothers
>etc.?

The other mailing list I belong to is for science fiction fandom-- in
writing fanfic, we would call this either a pastiche or (if it combined
characters from several underlying works) a crossover.

Dana Shilling
 

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