World Lit

Annenberg Media, in collaboration with WGBH in Boston and a handful of impressive scholarly advisors, presents Invitation to World Literature, an incredibly deep multimedia exploration of 13 classic works of world literature ranging from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Things Fall Apart.

For each work, the site features three sections: “Watch”, “Read”, and “Explore”. The “Watch” section features a 30-minute video in which scholars, artists, and other cultural figures (a choreographer and a comic book artist are both included on the Gilgamesh video) talk about the importance of the work, both culturally and personally. The “Read” section includes an excerpt from the work, as well as an astounding amount of supplementary materials such as timelines, maps, background information, expert opinions, notes on translations and editions, and more. The “Explore” section includes even more background material, discussion questions, a slideshow, and a page of links to other cultural works connected to the work being explored.

The compelling supporting material makes literature, much of which might seem dusty and old, come to life in a new way.

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Author: Jessica Speer

As the Research Specialist at SSRC, Jessica edits re/search, consults with faculty, and conducts SSRC research projects. She is interested in questions of information management, preservation, communication, and dissemination.

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