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A Non-Shakespearean Question
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0220  Wednesday, 31 January 2001

From:           Ed Kranz <
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Date:           Tuesday, 30 Jan 2001 13:18:34 -0500
Subject:        A Non-Shakespearean Question

In the hope that indulgence for one Kranz (Karen Peterson-Kranz--no
relation) will betoken that for another. I wish to ask a
non-Shakespearean question.

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.?

Ed Kranz
 

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