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Jun 21 2019 - 09:06 AM
News Cafe Book Collections - Unbound: Remixing the Classics

Unbound: Remixing the Classics

July - August 2017

Curated by Kaitlin Kehnemuyi

Supporting the work of Teacher College's Literacy Unbound Summer Institute, where teachers and high school students re-interpret Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness in an original Smith Learning Theater production is a complementary Everett Cafe book display featuring select works of "re-mixed" literature. 

Unbound: Remixing the Classics features three main categories of great books. Modern retellings update a familiar story; spin-offs adopt a character, sometimes minor, and build a fresh story, adjacent to the original; and homages acknowledge the original work and/or author, with praise. Examples respectively include: Cinder by Marissa Meyer, with Cinderella reimagined as a cyborg; Insect Dreams by Marc Estrie, which builds on Kafka's Metamorphosis, but assumes that Gregor Samsa lives and follows the path of a talking cockroach; and James Joyce's Ulysses, based on Homer's Odyssey, from the structure of the story, to the epic tale of one man. 

This exhibit draws upon universal human themes presented in Conrad's eponymous work, such as man's inhumanity to man; transformation of self/journey; religion, race, power, and oppression; man versus nature; man versus society -- and enlightens many more -- innocence, coming of age, beauty, and others -- from a modern context.

It is curated by Kaitlin Kehnemuyi, Innovation Fellow at the Gottesman Libraries, with input from the staff.

The Books

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard
  • Imperfect Bliss by Susan Fales-Hill
  • Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Boy, Bird, Snow by Helen Oyeyemi
  • On Beauty by Zadie Smith
  • Rapunzel by Rachel Isadora
  • Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems
  • Railsea by China Mieville
  • Grendel by John Gardner
  • Revival by Stephen King
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen
  • The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • The Innocents by Francesca Segal
  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  • March by Geraldine Brooks
  • Insect Dreams by Marc Estrin
  • His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  • Ulysses by James Joyce
  • The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman (Goodreads Author), Chris Riddell (Illustrator)
  • Darkness by Yedda Morrison
  • Mistah Kurtz! A Prelude to Heart of Darkness by James Reich
  • Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor
  • Prometheus Unbound by Percy Bysshe Shelley

The Display


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