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The Longman Anthology of World Literature, Volume 1offers a fresh presentation of the varieties of world literature from the ancient world to the early modern period.The editors of the anthology have sought to find economical ways to place texts within their cultural contexts, and have selected and grouped materials in ways intended to foster connections and conversations across the anthology, between eras as well as regions. The anthology includes epic, lyric poetry, drama, and prose narrative, with many works in their entirety. Classic major authors are presented together with more recently recovered voices as the editors seek to suggest something of the full literary dialogue of each region and period. Engaging introductions, scholarly annotations, regional maps, pronunciation guides, and illustrations will provide a supportive editorial setting.For anyone interested in world literature.
Table of Contents
VOLUME A: THE ANCIENT WORLD THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST The Babylonian Theogony (c. 2 nd millennium B.C.E),(trans. W. G. Lambert) A Memphite Theology (c. 2500 B.C.E.),(trans. Miriam Lichtheim) Genesis: Chapters 1-11 (1 st millennium B.C.E.), (trans. Robert Alter) Translations:Genesis POETRY OF LOVE AND DEVOTION (c. 3 rd to 2 nd millennium B.C.E.) Last night, as I, the queen, was shining bright(trans. S. N. Kramer) Egyptian Love Songs(trans. W. K. Simpson) Distracting is the foliage of my pasture(trans. W. K. Simpson) I sail downstream in the ferry by the pull of the current(trans. W. K. Simpson) The voice of the turtledove speaks out(trans. W. K. Simpson) I embrace her, and her arms open wide(trans. W. K. Simpson) One, the lady love without a duplicate(trans. W. K. Simpson) How well the lady knows to cast the noose(trans. W. K. Simpson) Why need you hold converse with your heart?(trans. W. K. Simpson) I passed by her house in the dark(trans. W. K. Simpson) THE SONG OF SONGS (1 st millennium B.C.E.),(trans. Jerusalem Bible translation) THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH (c. 1200 B.C.E.),(trans. Maureen Gallery Kovacs) Perspectives: Death and Immortality The Descent of Ishtar to the Underworld (late 2 nd millennium B.C.E),(trans. Stephanie Dalley) fromThe Book of the Dead (2 nd millennium B.C.E.),(trans. Miriam Lichtheim) Letters to the Dead (2 nd to 1 st millennium B.C.E.),(trans. Gardiner and Sethe) Kabti-Ilani-Marduk: Erra and Ishum (8 th century B.C.E.),(trans. David Damrosch) Crosscurrents THE BOOK OF JOB (6 th century B.C.E.),(trans. Revised Standard Version)