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Gilgamesh among Us: Modern Encounters with the Ancient Epic

Theodore Ziolkowski

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450358
eISBN:
9780801463419
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450358.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

The world's oldest work of literature, the Epic of Gilgamesh recounts the adventures of the semi-mythical Sumerian king of Uruk and his ultimately futile quest for immortality after the death of his ... More


Nâzım’s Ghostwriting

Nergis Ertürk

in Grammatology and Literary Modernity in Turkey

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199746682
eISBN:
9780199918775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746682.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, World Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The book concludes with an analysis of language politics in the work of Nâzım Hikmet [Ran]. Affiliated with the post-revolutionary Soviet Futurists, Nâzım distinguished himself from both Safa and ... More


The Initial Reception (1884–1935)

Theodore Ziolkowski

in Gilgamesh among Us: Modern Encounters with the Ancient Epic

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450358
eISBN:
9780801463419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450358.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter considers the popular reception of the epic of Gilgamesh. The first serious cultural impact of the Gilgamesh epic in the early twentieth century took place in German-speaking countries, ... More


Rebel Barons: Resisting Royal Power in Medieval Culture

Luke Sunderland

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780198788485
eISBN:
9780191830365
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198788485.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, European Literature

Ambivalence towards kings, and other sovereign powers, is deep-seated in medieval culture: sovereigns might provide justice, but were always potential tyrants, who usurped power and ‘stole’ through ... More


“Best of the World’s Classics”: Derek Walcott Between Classics and the Classic

Ankhi Mukherjee

in What Is a Classic?: Postcolonial Rewriting and Invention of the Canon

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804785211
eISBN:
9780804788380
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804785211.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Examining a wide range of Walcott’s poetry, plays, and essays, this chapter looks at Walcott’s use of mimesis and mimicry, his espousal of rereading and rewriting, his privileging of “decomposition” ... More


Canto 11

Ronald Bush

in Readings in the Cantos: Volume I

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781942954408
eISBN:
9781786944337
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781942954408.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Canto 11, the last of four Malatesta Cantos, pits the valor of Sigismondo Malatesta’s resistance to a burgeoning economic and cultural modernity against the pathos of his inevitable defeat. While ... More


Introduction

Theodore Ziolkowski

in Gilgamesh among Us: Modern Encounters with the Ancient Epic

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450358
eISBN:
9780801463419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450358.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This introductory chapter briefly details the rise of Gilgamesh, a hero of a Mesopotamian epic from the third millennium bce, as a twenty-first-century cultural icon. It then traces the evolution, ... More


Representative Beginnings (1941–1958)

Theodore Ziolkowski

in Gilgamesh among Us: Modern Encounters with the Ancient Epic

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450358
eISBN:
9780801463419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450358.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Since the mid-twentieth century, the Gilgamesh story has been treated in a variety of aesthetic forms: fiction, poetry, drama, opera, film, painting, and beyond. These treatments, however varied they ... More


The Popularization of Gilgamesh (1959–1978)

Theodore Ziolkowski

in Gilgamesh among Us: Modern Encounters with the Ancient Epic

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450358
eISBN:
9780801463419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450358.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter examines the popularization of the Gilgamesh epic and the broadening of its thematic use from 1959 to 1978. It discusses the many novels, stories, plays, poems, operas, drawings, ... More


The Contemporization of Gilgamesh (1979–1999)

Theodore Ziolkowski

in Gilgamesh among Us: Modern Encounters with the Ancient Epic

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450358
eISBN:
9780801463419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450358.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter discusses the contemporization of the Gilgamesh epic from 1979 to 1999. It examines representative examples of several approaches that seized on Gilgamesh to illustrate their views ... More


Gilgamesh in the Twenty-First Century (2000–2009)

Theodore Ziolkowski

in Gilgamesh among Us: Modern Encounters with the Ancient Epic

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450358
eISBN:
9780801463419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450358.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter discusses how Gilgamesh remained alive and well in the first decade of the twenty-first century in art, music, and literature; in forms varying from translations and poetic re-visions to ... More


Conclusion

Theodore Ziolkowski

in Gilgamesh among Us: Modern Encounters with the Ancient Epic

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450358
eISBN:
9780801463419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450358.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This concluding chapter summarizes key themes and presents some final thoughts. It argues that the reception of the Gilgamesh epic during the past century and a half has revealed an astonishing ... More


Necessity and Invention in the Aeneid: [Previously unpublished]

Niall Rudd

in The Common Spring: Essays on Latin and English Poetry

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9781904675488
eISBN:
9781781385043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781904675488.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter argues that the epic combines literary invention with characterisation and other literary requirements. Virgil should not be regarded as necessarily himself believing the beliefs he ... More


‘Painted fancy’s unsuspected scope’: The , , and

Madeleine Callaghan

in Shelley's Living Artistry: Letters, Poems, Plays

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781786940247
eISBN:
9781786944306
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781786940247.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter readsQueen Mab, Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things and the Esdaile Notebook as representative of the range and ambition of Shelley’s early poetry. Exploring the aesthetic ... More


‘These transient meetings’: and

Madeleine Callaghan

in Shelley's Living Artistry: Letters, Poems, Plays

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781786940247
eISBN:
9781786944306
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781786940247.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

In Alastor and Laon and Cythna, Shelley translates his ‘feelings and opinions’ into poetry that draws strongly on his personal experiences without resorting to crude confession. Reading Shelley’s ... More


Ralph Ellison’s Three Days: The Aesthetics of Political Change

Timothy Parrish

in The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781496806796
eISBN:
9781496806833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496806796.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Timothy Parrish’s “Ralph Ellison’s Three Days: The Aesthetics of Political Change” argues that in Three Days, Ellison transcends the novel form, becoming an epic poet through prose that resembled ... More


Stranger in Paradise: Dante and Epic Style

Frank Shovlin

in Touchstones: John Mcgahern's Classical Style

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781781383216
eISBN:
9781786944047
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781383216.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter argues that Dante’s epic renaissance poem The Divine Comedy provides a key influence and scaffold for That They May Face the Rising Sun with Ruttledge playing the part of Dante and ... More


Waller, Tasso, and Marvell’s Last Instructions to a Painter

Timothy Raylor

in Texts and readers in the Age of Marvell

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781526113894
eISBN:
9781526138897
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526113894.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines a passage in Marvell’s Last Instructions to a Painter concerned with the death of Archibald Douglas. While the passage might, considered in isolation, appear to be arbitrarily ... More


Speaking of Slavery: Representations of Domestic Slavery in the Oral Epics of Francophone West Africa

Sotonye Omuku

in At the Limits of Memory: Legacies of Slavery in the Francophone World

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781781381595
eISBN:
9781781382240
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381595.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

In chapter nine, Sotonye Omuku considers how West African practices of domestic slavery have been represented in oral and written sources from the region, from the historical and fictional epic to ... More


From Many Gods to One: Divine Action in Renaissance Epic

Tobias Gregory

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226307558
eISBN:
9780226307565
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226307565.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Epic poets of the Renaissance looked to emulate the poems of Greco-Roman antiquity, but doing so presented a dilemma: what to do about the gods? Divine intervention plays a major part in the epics of ... More


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