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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.142 Saturday, 31 March 2012
Date: March 30, 2012 11:17:57 PM EDT
Subject: Re: Fat
>I am very much interested in the concept of topical allusions.
>I’m not sure if I wholly, totally agree with what Weiss says
>about how they “did not advance the action of the play.”
I am not guilty of such a generalization. Some topical allusions are thematic or otherwise contribute to the understanding of the play, at least in its historical context, such as the Chorus’s reference in Henry V to Essex’s Irish expedition. Others are mere inside jokes that add nothing to the play, although they might be interesting in themselves. I suppose the “little eyases” are in that category.