Walter E. Washington Convention Center | February 9, 2017

Episode 153: The Imitation Game: Adapting Classic Narratives in Contemporary Literature

(Kathryn Locey, Lorraine Lopez, Blas Falconer, Lynn Pruett) Isabel Allende claims that all stories have been told and that writers merely retell these, sometimes deliberately. For example, Jane Smiley drafted 1,000 Acres to rebut Shakespeare’s King Lear. Authors, writing in four genres—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama, speak to the conscious process of adapting classic literature, sharing ways to eke inspiration and avoid derivation in this practice that can provide new perspectives to highlight and enrich enduring narratives.

Published Date: August 9, 2017

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