ON THAT NOTE: Enjoy.
If you are not familiar, this is something like Drunk History in textual format if you replaced booze with caps-lock.
So. Orpheus and Eurydice.
Whoa, throwback right?
Though in the name of full disclosure this vector also includes The Walrus and the Carpenter of Through the Looking Glass fame, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Allegory of the Cave, and anything even vaguely related to The Bible, and probably a lot of other things on the vector map but the archive is mad extensive and I am not all the way through**
I propose that these retellings are an extension of the oral literature tradition.
“What what?” you say, “but these here are written words, which is exactly the opposite of oral literature.”
To which I say slow your roll I will get to it. Like, right now.
The link I am focusing on between oral tradition and Myths RETOLD (and Drunk History as well, while we are at it) is less the specific format of the narrative, but the act of retelling. These are not only stories retold, but reclaimed. Reclaimed by the present time and by the ‘common folk’. The narratives are taken from their pedestals of Ovid and textbooks, formats with esoteric connotations mired in academia, and are transformed from something one might not touch outside of a classroom context into something one could feasibly spend inordinate quantities of time perusing in the spirit of hilarity. The retellings close the gap of alienation created by time and misconception, they again become accessible. Laid down in terms of today, these works are communicated by those who know the original material intimately and would just like to let you, dear reader, know just how crazybones freaky/awesome that Work of Great Historical Importance really is.
**Classmates: If you find yourself dying of malnutrition as you lose yourself in the catacomb-like depths of these archives and happen stumble across a beacon of hope in the shape of a familiar work from the vector map that I did not catch, feel more than free to add the connection.