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Analysis: Allusions When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.
Literary, Philosophical, and Art References (1.16) Oedipus The Rule of St. Benedict (1.9): A text that tells monks precisely how they should live. Arrigo Boito, an Italian poet, journalist, novelist, and composer. He wrote an opera called Mefistofele, and in Disgrace David Lurie's first book takes it as his subject (1.17) The Faust legend (1.17) Emma Bovary, the protagonist of Gustave Flaubert's (1.26) Madame Bovary Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer (2.17) William Shakespeare, Sonnet 1 (2.79) George Grosz, German Painter (3.22) William Wordsworth, , (2.24; 3.38-56) The Prelude Adrienne Rich, Feminist poet and essayist (2.31) Toni Morrison, Novelist (2.31) Alice Walker, Novelist, essayist, and poet (2.31) Norman McLaren, Film director (2.50) George Gordon, Lord Byron, Poet (1.18; 2.62-65; 16.59; 18.135) Lord Byron: " Lara" (4.37-39) René Descartes, Philosopher (15.7) Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure (16.78) William Wordsworth, Poet (1.17; 2.22-23; 5.110-111; 14.25; 24.46) William Blake, Poet (2.20) William Blake, " The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" (8.28) Charles Dickens, (9.8) The Mystery of Edwin Drood Vincent van Gogh, (15.67) Sunflowers Vladimir Tretchikoff, Painter (15.67) Nicolas Poussin, (18.111) Rape of the Sabine Women The Marriage of Cronus and Harmony (21.43) William Butler Yeats, " Sailing to Byzantium" (21.44). Yeats' poem begins, "That is no country for old men." Coetzee paraphrases it as, "No country, this, for old men." Pollux, one of the Gemini twins in Greek and Roman mythology; brother of Helen of Troy (22.49) Dante, (23.38) The Inferno St. Joseph, Husband of the Virgin Mary (24.41) John Singer Sargent, Portraitist and painter (24.45) Pierre Bonnard, Painter (24.45) Film and Pop Culture References Historical References Chairman Mao Zedong, leader of the People's Republic of China from 1949-1976 (7.85) Teresa Guiccioli, mistress of Lord Byron (10.61, 16.59; 20.47-75) Thoth, Ancient Egyptian God of Wisdom (14.55)
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