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For centuries authors have used allusion as a literary device to make references to secondary texts. More recently, a new device—with origins in computer programming—has evolved: Easter eggs. A literary Easter egg is an intentionally obscure reference, the meaning of which requires research, specialized knowledge or hints to uncover. Once decoded, it supports the work’s themes or makes a personal connection to the author. The process of hiding, hunting and decoding creates a playful relationship between creator and seeker. Margaret Atwood embraces this new device and deploys a confluence of Easter eggs in her novel Oryx and Crake.
Schoenberger, Susan M., "Allusions and Easter Eggs in Margaret Atwood’s Novel Oryx and Crake" (2020). Master of Arts Liberal Studies Theses. 9.