The Bedford Anthology of World Literature, Compact Edition, Volume 1: The Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern World (Beginnings-1650)

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  • Copyright: 2009-01-05
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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Designed to offer a clear, concise, and accessible way to explore the familiar and unfamiliar territories of world literature, this two-volume version ofThe Bedford Anthology of World Literatureoffers students and teachers a broad and carefully balanced selection of literary works supported by extensive historical background and generous contextual materials.

Author Biography

Paul Davis (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin), professor emeritus of English at the University of New Mexico, has been the recipient of several teaching awards and academic honors, including that of Master teacher. He has taught courses since 1962 in composition, rhetoric, and nineteenth-century literature and has written and edited many scholarly books, including The Penguin Dickens Companion (1999), Dickens A to Z (1998), and The Lives and Times of Ebenezer Scrooge (1990). He has also written numerous scholarly and popular articles on solar energy and Victorian book illustration. His most recent book is Critical Companion to Charles Dickens (2007).

Gary Harrison (Ph.D., Stanford University), professor and director of graduate studies at the University of New Mexico, has won numerous fellowships and awards for scholarship and teaching. He has taught courses in world literature, British Romanticism, and literary theory at the University of New Mexico since 1987. Harrison's publications include a critical study of William Wordsworth, Wordsworth's Vagrant Muse: Poetry, Poverty, and Power (1994); as well as several articles on topics such as John Clare's poetry, Romanticism and Ecology, nineteenth-century culture, and teaching world literature.

David M. Johnson (Ph.D., University of Connecticut), professor emeritus of English at the University of New Mexico, has taught courses in world literature, mythology, the Bible as literature, philosophy and literature, and creative writing since 1965. He has written, edited, and contributed to numerous scholarly books and collections of poetry, including Fire in the Fields (1996) and Lord of the Dawn: The Legend of Quetzalcoatl (1987). He has also published scholarly articles, poetry, and translations of Nahuatl myths. His most recent book of poetry is Rebirth of Wonder: Poems of The Common Life (University of New Mexico Press, 2007).

John F. Crawford (Ph.D., Columbia University; postdoctoral studies, Yale University), associate professor of English emeritus at the University of New Mexico, has taught medieval, world, and other literature courses since 1965 at a number of other institutions including California Institute of Technology and Hunter College and Herbert Lehmann College of CUNY. The publisher of West End Press, an independent literary press with 120 titles, Crawford has also edited This Is About Vision: Interviews with Southwestern Writers (1990) and written articles on multicultural literature of the Southwest.

Table of Contents

The Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern World (Beginnings–1650)[*denotes complete longer works]
About the Editors
Pronunciation Key
Introduction: The Ancient World, Beginnings–100 C.E.
The Epic Of Gilgamesh [Mesopotamia, c. 2000–c. 1200 B.C.E.](Translated
Hebrew Scriptures [Near East, c. 900–100 B.C.E.]
Genesis 1-3, 4:1-17, 4:25-6, 6-8, 9:1-15, 11: 1-9 [Origin Stories]
Genesis 21:1-21, 22:1-18 [Abraham and Isaac]
Exodus 1–5, 6:1–13, 7–12:1–42, 13:17–22, 14 [Moses and the Exodus]
Exodus 19, 20:1-24 [The Ten Commandments]
Exodus 32 [The Golden Calf]
Job 1–7; 38-42 [The Trials of Job]
Psalm 23 [The Lord is my shepherd]
Psalm 104 [Bless the Lord, O my soul]
Psalm 137 [By the rivers of Babylon]
The Song of Songs(The King James Version)
In the World: Myths of Creationfrom
The Epic Of Creation [Near East, c. 1800 B.C.E.](Translated
Hymn To Aten [Egypt, c. 1570–1290 B.C.E.](Translated
The Rig Veda [India, c. 1000 B.C.E.](Translated
The Song of Purusha
Hesiod [Greece, eighth century B.C.E.]from
Ovid [Rome, 43. B.C.E.–17 C.E.]from
Homer [Greece, eighth century B.C.E.]
The Odyssey(Translated
In the World: Heroes and Adventure
Homer [Greece, eighth century B.C.E.]from
The Iliad(Translated
Book 18 [The Shield of Achilles]
Hebrew Scriptures [Near East, c. 900–100 B.C.E.]
First Samuel 16:4–18:9(King James Version)[
The Ramayana [India, c. 550 B.C.E.–c. 400 C.E.]from
Book 6: Yuddha Kanda: The Great War(Translated
Apollodorus [Greece, second century B.C.E.]from
Prayer to my lady of PaphosDon’t ask me what to wearLament for a Maidenhead
He is more than a hero
To an army wife in SardisYou know the place: then
I have not had one word from her(Translated
Confucius (Kongfuzi) [China, c. 551–c. 479 B.C.E.]from
The Analects(Translated
Aeschylus [Greece, c. 525–456 B.C.E.]
Sophocles [Greece, 496–406 B.C.E.]
In the World: Rulers and Citizens
Jainism [India, sixth century B.C.E–first century C.E.]from
Uttaradhyana Sutra(Translated by
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