Remix: Why We Can’t Stop Retelling the Great Stories

Every work of literature, they say, every novel and play and movie, is a reworking of one of just seven basic plots. Each decade has its major new retelling of Homer's Odyssey, and very year we get some new bestselling homage to Jane Austen. And of course, there's Shakespeare: more than 400 film and TV adaptations of his plays so far, and in just the last year a dozen important Shakespeare productions on and off-Broadway. So what makes some tales seem so worthy of telling over and over again? Why do certain tales demand that we remix and make them our own centuries or millennia after their creation? Harvard Professor Marjorie Garber and novelist Curtis Sittenfeld will explore the idea of certain stories' enduring appeal and cultural resonance with novelist and public radio host Kurt Andersen.

Festival: 2014

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