It's Lit! Season 1

Season 1

It's Lit! Season 1

First Air Date: June 04, 2018

First Aired on    :   2018
Episodes    :   14 episodes



Episodes

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1x14 The Beauty and Anguish of Les Misérables! (April 18, 2019)


Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables is one of history’s most famous novels and one of the longest-running musicals in Broadway history. On this special episode of It’s Lit! we explore how Les Miserable became both a national and revolutionary anthem, and so publicly adored that all 1,900 pages never went out of print.


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1x13 How Greek Mythology Inspires Us (February 07, 2019)


Ancient Greek Mythology has worked its way into modern pop culture so deeply that it would be an almost Sisyphean task to compile every way it’s manifested!


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1x12 Death, Personified (January 24, 2019)


Death as a character reveals how we process one of life’s greatest mysteries, and there’s a lot more breadth to how the grim reaper is depicted than you might think.


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1x11 How Greek Mythology Inspires Us (August 11, 2019)


Ancient Greek Mythology has worked its way into modern pop culture so deeply.


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1x10 Food & Fiction: Memorable Meals in Literature (January 11, 2019)


Food varies wildly from place to place and from culture to culture; since humans are such sensory creatures, using words to evoke the experience of eating is an excellent way to bring a text to life.


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1x09 Unreliable Narrators (December 17, 2018)


Who is the most powerful character in fiction? Villains may doom the world, heroes may save it, but no one has more control over the plot than the narrator - expositing the who, what, where, when and how directly into the reader’s mind. But how can you tell that the person telling you the story is telling you the whole story?


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1x08 Fear of Ghost...Writing! (December 07, 2018)


You might being asking yourself-- Why do ghostwriters even exist? Isn’t that cheating? Isn’t literature supposed to be the result of one person’s agonizing need to create? Aren’t books supposed to be the blood, sweat, and tears of the tortured auteur? Well, the answer is more complicated than you think!


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1x07 Can You Judge a Book by Its Cover? (November 21, 2018)


Despite the adage of not judging a book by its cover, there’s a lot of time, intent, and money spent creating memorable book covers. Get to know the story behind some of literature’s most iconic book covers.


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1x06 Why did they make me read this in High School? (August 30, 2018)


What makes a book important? Why are some books required reading in high school, while others are lost to history?


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1x05 How Fantasy Reflects Our World (August 21, 2018)


Fantasy novels are more than just hundreds of pages worth of swords and magic! Okay, there's some of that. But it's also a lens to what our society finds important to our pasts, our presents, and future.


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1x04 An Ode to the Romance Novel (July 30, 2018)


Love it or hate it, the romance novel is the highest grossing literary genre. Its history is long and winding (like your favorite romance novel), and romance novels are full of tropes reflected upon its history. It has been the subject of intrigue, derision, and shame in literary discourse long before the modern genre as we know it existed.


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1x03 Why Sci Fi is a Mirror on Society (July 13, 2018)


While science fiction is associated with Mars, robots, and cyberpunk, its origin story is shaped throughout several centuries. Check out the origin of science fiction with Lindsay Ellis!


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1x02 The Evolution of YA (June 26, 2018)


Young Adult Fiction (YA) is dominating literature, and more young people are reading now than ever before. Lindsay Ellis explores how YA carved a place in publishing.


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1x01 When the Book is Better than the Movie (June 04, 2018)


Which is better, the book or the movie? Explore the question with host Lindsay Ellis.




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