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Overview – Invitation to World Literature

Great epics, plays, poetry, and other literary texts have made their way around the world through time and translation, and are still captivating audiences today. This multimedia resource invites viewers to appreciate and most importantly, read these ancient and modern works. The 13 texts are introduced on video by a wide-ranging cast including scholars, translators, artists, and writers. Excerpts of the texts are found on an extensive website along with background material and reading support; an interactive timeline and a feature on translation; and resources for teaching and further study.

Sample Program – Invitation to World Literature


  • The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • My Name Is Red
  • The Odyssey
  • The Baccae
  • The Bhagavad Gita
  • The Tale of Genji
  • Journey to the West
  • Popol Vuh
  • Candide
  • Things Fall Apart
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • The God of Small Things
  • The Thousand and One Nights

plus an accompanying website

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