Invitation to World Literature; God of Small Things, The
INVITATION TO WORLD LITERATURE The God of Small Things ITWL 112 Base Revision 001 Closed Captioned, DVI, Stereo Audio TRT: 26:46 8.30.10
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- Invitation to World Literature
- God of Small Things, The
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Invitation to World Literature is a multimedia series introducing drama, epic poetry, and novels from many times and cultures. Thirteen half-hour videos form the centerpiece of the project, and feature a mix of writers, scholars, artists, and performers with personal connections to world literature, from Philip Glass to Alan Cumming, Wole Soyinka to Kristin Chenoweth, all brought together by Professor David Damrosch of Harvard University, a world-renowned expert on world literature. The project was funded by Annenberg Media.
This mixture of old and new, novel, drama, and epic poem, English-language and translation, gives viewers a jumping-off point for an exploration of literature from around the world and across time. Guiding viewers through these great works is Professor Damrosch, whose passion for world literature connects viewers to every text as he shines a light on ancient cultures, modern questions, and powerful stories.
Invitation to World Literature is a production of WGBH Educational Foundation with Seftel Productions for Annenberg Media.
The thirteen texts explored in Invitation to World Literature are:
* The Epic of Gilgamesh Sumerian, 2600 BCE and older * My Name Is Red Turkish, Orhan Pamuk, 1998 * The Odyssey Greek, ca. eighth century BCE * The Bacchae Greek, Euripides, 405 BCE * The Bhagavad Gita Sanskrit, first century CE * The Tale of Genji Japanese, Murasaki Shikibu, ca. 1014 * Journey to the West Chinese, Wu Ch'êng-ên, ca. 1580 * Popul Vuh Quiché-Mayan, ca. 1550s * Candide French, Voltaire, 1759 * Things Fall Apart English, Chinua Achebe, 1959 * One Hundred Years of Solitude Spanish, Gabriel García Márquez, 1967 * The God of Small Things English, Arundhati Roy, 1998 * The Thousand and One Nights Arabic, ca. fourteenth century
Series release date: 2010
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Fraternal twins Rahel and Estha struggle to reclaim their lives after their childhoods are destroyed by tragic circumstances. Past and present merge in this narrative of Indian society and politics. The many types of English presented in the book, and their meanings, are explored, as well as the culture of the caste system. Featured speakers include Simon Gikandi of Princeton University, author Evelyn Ch’ien, and Faith Salie, actress and host of the radio program Fair Game.
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- Chicago: “Invitation to World Literature; God of Small Things, The,” 08/30/2010, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 18, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_533D0FE739FD417EB5ACD5EF1C2D8485.
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