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Author Cregan-Reid, Vybarr,
Title Discovering Gilgamesh : geology, narrative and the historical sublime in Victorian culture / Vybarr Cregan-Reid.
Imprint Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2015.

Author Cregan-Reid, Vybarr,
Subject Smith, George, 1840-1876.
Epic poetry, Assyro-Babylonian -- History and criticism.
Literature and society -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Archaeology and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Religion and science -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Alternate Title University press scholarship online.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 238 pages) : illustrations (black and white)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary In 1872, a young archaeologist at the British Museum made a tremendous discovery. While he was working his way through a Mesopotamian 'slush pile', George Smith, a self-taught expert in ancient languages, happened upon a Babylonian version of Noah's Flood. His research suggested this 'Deluge Tablet' pre-dated the writing of Genesis by a millennium or more. Smith went on to translate what later became 'The Epic of Gilgamesh', perhaps the oldest and most complete work of literature from any culture. Against the backdrop of innovative readings of a range of paintings, novels, histories and photographs, this work demonstrates the Gordian complexity of the Victorians' relationship with history, while also seeking to highlight the Epic's role in influencing models of time in late-Victorian geology.
Note Online resource; title from home page (viewed on August 3, 2015).
Contents DISCOVERING GILGAMESH: GEOLOGY, NARRATIVE AND THE HISTORICAL SUBLIME IN VICTORIAN CULTURE; Half Title Page; Title Page ; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of figures; Acknowledgements; Part I: Gilgamesh; Introduction; 1. Discovering Gilgamesh; Part II: Narrative and the historical sublime; 2. Capturing time: the iconography of water in painting and photography; 3. Forgetting the past and the future: Macaulay, Carlyle, and the 'shoreless chaos' of history; 4. Present endings: rethinking closure in the Victorian novel; Part III: Geology, Gilgamesh, and the historical sublime.
5. Conclusion: Gilgamesh and the resublimation of deep timeSelect bibliography; Index.
ISBN 9781781706466 (electronic bk.)
1781706468 (electronic bk.)
9781526102379 (electronic bk.)
1526102374 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 929814141
Additional Format Print version: Cregan-Reid, Vybarr. Discovering Gilgamesh. Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2015 9780719090516 0719090512 (OCoLC)849209068.

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