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Invitation to World Literature; Thousand and One Nights, The

08/30/2010

INVITATION TO WORLD LITERATURE The Thousand and One Nights ITWL 113 Base Revision 001 Closed Captioned, DVI, Stereo Audio TRT: 26:46 8.30.10


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Series
Invitation to World Literature
Program
Thousand and One Nights, The
Program Number

113

Series Description

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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

Program Description

Shahrazad must keep the interest of her husband the sultan with her stories or lose her life. The premise of the collection is that hearing about the joys and sorrows of others is the best teacher, and the surest way to remain sane. Art, performance, and many film images are used to show the collection’s wide range of adaptations. Featured speakers include Marin Alsop, Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Aly Jetha and Shabnam Rezai, co-producers of the 1001 Nights animated series.

Duration

00:26:46

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Topics
Literature
Creators
Smith, Arthur (Series Producer)
Tonkonogy, Amy (Series Producer)
Citation
Chicago: “Invitation to World Literature; Thousand and One Nights, The,” 08/30/2010, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 3, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_81F66ACDE3E04103876920829BF4FB77.
MLA: “Invitation to World Literature; Thousand and One Nights, The.” 08/30/2010. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 3, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_81F66ACDE3E04103876920829BF4FB77>.
APA: Invitation to World Literature; Thousand and One Nights, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_81F66ACDE3E04103876920829BF4FB77
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