Broken Tablets

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.

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The Rashomon Effect

Here some more lecture slides from my Introduction to World Literature course.  These cover Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s “Rashomon” and “In a Bamboo Grove,” setting the stories within the context of modernism and Samurai Japan.

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The Art of Storytelling

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.

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