An old friend writes with an odd question from her law professor:
Can you set out for me a little list of major literary rewrites of Hamlet and of the Odyssey, particularly those looking at the story from different angles? An example of the former is John Updike, Gertrude and Claudius (telling the Hamlet story as centred around G & C), and Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern; an example of the latter is this new Penelopeiad by Margaret Atwood telling the story from Penelope’s point of view.
He is looking for 4 or 5 of the best-known or most important retelling on each of them with a bit of information about what is unique about each retelling.
Can you help? I’ll try to free up my brain later in the day to think about it, but for now all I’ve got is O Brother, Where Art Thou? I’m pretty sure she’s not looking for movies, though. There’s also Stephen Berkoff’s heavy revision of Hamlet, but that’s more a mashup than an actual retelling.