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Re: Shakespeare and Jane Eyre
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1222  Thursday, 2 May 2002

From:           Jan Pick <
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Date:           Wednesday, 1 May 2002 20:13:43 +0100
Subject: 13.1200 Shakespeare and Jane Eyre
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1200 Shakespeare and Jane Eyre

> In the new novel by Jasper Fforde entitled _The Eyre Affair_, Thursday
> Next is the female, first person narrator, a female sleuth who is
> employed as a special operative in the LiteraTecs division of a U.K.
> set in a futuristic version of the year of 1985.
>
> The main plot revolves around the hijacking of Thursday's uncle's Prose
> Portal machine.  Thursday has to enter the plot of _Jane Eyre_ to return
> Jane and correct the vandalism.
>
> List members may be interested in the book's rich allusions to the Works
> of William Shakespeare and his place in the culture.  (Yes, there are
> militant Marlovians -- who have firebombed the Baconians --but they, as
> well as some who make references to a certain Earl, are the bad guys;
> each time Thursday is confronted with new evidence of the Shakespeare-
> didn't-write- Shakespeare variety, she is able to successfully dispute
> or deflect it.)  It is now obligatory that the Complete works by
> Shakespeare --along with a number of secular and religious texts-- be
> placed in every hotel room.
>
> My page listing of the novel's list of Shakespeare references is
> available at:
> <http://www.jsu.edu/depart/english/gates/shak/shakeyre.html>. Caution:
> some plot details are revealed. The best use of Shakespeare is the
> audience-participation _Richard III_ (Shakespeare meets Rocky Horror).

Yes, but then it goes along the old clich

 

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