The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0642  Thursday, 27 September 2007

From: 		Jennifer Lee Carrell <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 10:10:52 -0700
Subject: 	INTERRED WITH THEIR BONES-Shakespearean Obsessions

INTERRED WITH THEIR BONES-Shakespearean Obsessions

I've just published a novel, INTERRED WITH THEIR BONES, that riffs on 
some of the odder Shakespearean obsessions that have gripped people in 
the last few centuries-along with other obsessions that remain central 
to Shakespeare and literature. The novel is a fast-paced literary 
thriller-being compared to "The Da Vinci Code," "The Name of the Rose," 
"Possession," and "The Thirteenth Tale."

First and foremost, I hope it's entertaining. Beyond that, I hope it's 
provocative-that it reaches not only Shakespeare fans but people who 
think they aren't Shakespeare fans.

It had its origins in my own discovery, in graduate school, that there 
are lost plays by Shakespeare, a discovery that set me wondering: where 
might they be found? And what would the ripple effects be?

The book winds up grappling with the granddaddy of all obsessions: who 
(really) wrote the plays?

A question that I'm being asked in interviews is Why does it matter? Not 
in the smarmy, sarcastic way, meaning "Who the hell cares?"-but in the 
honest way: Why do we, collectively, still care so much about "who did 
it"? Why does the authorship controversy, Hydra-like, keep sprouting new 

(To me, this is a far more interesting question than the "who wrote the 
plays?" query from which it springs.)

If anyone has answers-or even suggested directions of thought, I'd be 
happy to hear them.

I've been loosely following the current authorial intention thread, and 
I can't help thinking that this question is a related issue-concerning 
the other side of the telescope, if you will. However much it may be 
intellectually fashionable to regard original intention as a ghost, a 
fantasy. If it is a fantasy, it's one that continually enthralls.

Meanwhile, you can find out more about the book at 

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