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Shakespeare and the Qu'ran
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0366  Wednesday, 23 February 2005

From:           Peter Bridgman <
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Date:           Tuesday, 22 Feb 2005 18:50:32 -0000
Subject: 16.0356 Shakespeare and the Qu'ran
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0356 Shakespeare and the Qu'ran

 >Shakespeare be the author of no work we actually possess, but
 >rather of works bearing the same titles and /dramatis personae/ and no
 >other apparent resemblance in story or sentiment; and of those (a third
 >reflection) who would have no man be author of anything at all.
 >
 >In religion, this is called the heresy of docetism.

It sounds like Borgesism to me.  In one of Borges' short stories a
scholar called Pierre Menard writes a version of Don Quixote that is
identical to the original, but without copying a single word from
Cervantes.  Menard's method was as follows ...

"Know Spanish well, recover the Catholic faith, fight against the Moors
or the Turk, forget the history of Europe between the years 1602 and
1918, be Miguel de Cervantes".

Peter Bridgman

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