Sunday, December 21, 2014
Shakespeare References in Laura Denham’s Have You Seen Me?
Very early in the book there is a Richard The Third reference: “And I’ve always rated my own world according to calendar months and seasons. Like football teams and sales managers and tennis pros. Like everybody else. When I was just seventeen it was a very good year. Suddenly last summer. Now is the winter of our discontent” (p. 4). “Now is the winter of our discontent” is the first line of that play.
There is a reference to Julius Caesar; however, as it is not in italics, the reference may be to the person, not the play: “I had missed the Industrial Revolution, The Canterbury Tales, Julius Caesar, the endocrine system, and nuclear fusion” (p. 30).
There is also mention of Hamlet: “I guess I just wanted to break him down – out of sheer mischief, like wanting to flash your tits from the audience at the actor performing Hamlet” (p. 181).
Have You Seen Me? was published in 2002.