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Gilgamesh among UsModern Encounters with the Ancient Epic$
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Theodore Ziolkowski

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450358

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450358.001.0001

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Gilgamesh in the Twenty-First Century (2000–2009)

Gilgamesh in the Twenty-First Century (2000–2009)

5 Gilgamesh in the Twenty-First Century (2000–2009)
Gilgamesh among Us

Theodore Ziolkowski

Cornell University Press

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 fictional postfigurations and thematic analogies; and in presentations for audiences ranging from awestruck children to jaded postmoderns. However, in the desecularized society of the new millennium, religion once again has taken center stage in many world civilizations, while the clash of these civilizations, notably Western and Muslim, has brought the political dimensions of the epic into the foreground to a degree unmatched in earlier adaptations. Not unsurprisingly, then, these developments show up in recent treatments of Gilgamesh.

Keywords:   Epic of Gilgamesh, epic poem, epic poetry, religion, secularization, politicization

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