Everett Cafe News: Unbound: Remixing the Classics, July-August

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.

Where: Everett Cafe
When: through August

At the Everett News Cafe, you'll find a new book collection every few weeks that relates to current affairs, education, or learning environments.

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