Gilgamesh has always been one of my favorite texts to teach. Few works of literature embody their themes so intimately and materially. With each ellipses, gap, and discontinuity in the text, we are reminded of the central brokenness of what it means to be mortal.
Here are some of my lecture slides on the text, many of which center on questions of memory, materiality, and the origin of writing.
My slides on The Arabian Nights, the art and seduction of storytelling, frame narratives, and other “entertainment” related to the demonic power of stories and seduction. The first English language edition of the stories was titled The Arabian Nights’ Entertainment.