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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


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


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


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


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


Animal Kin

Louise Westling

in The Logos of the Living World: Merleau-Ponty, Animals, and Language

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823255658
eISBN:
9780823261208
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823255658.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Beginning with attention to the anxious exploration of human relations with other animals and wildness in The Epic of Gilgamesh and Euripides’s Bacchae, this chapter engages the question of the ... More


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


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


In a Strange Land

Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs

in The Penultimate Curiosity: How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198747956
eISBN:
9780191810909
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747956.003.0041
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter considers the origins of the poem The Epic of Gilgamesh, which tells the story of the adventures of Gilgamesh, the king of Uruk, and his friendship with the wild man Enkidu. The version ... More


The Bearing Across of Language: Care, Catachresis, and Political Failure

James Berger

in The Disarticulate: Language, Disability, and the Narratives of Modernity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814708460
eISBN:
9780814708330
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814708460.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter looks at prehistory by analyzing impasses of language in the Epic of Gilgamesh and parts of the Hebrew Bible. As language comes to define the status of the human, the obstruction of ... More


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