Talk - Dennis Tedlock "The First 2000 Years of Mayan Literature"
Thu, September 27, 2012 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM • BEN 2.104
Mayan literature is among the oldest in the world, spanning two millennia from the earliest surviving fragments to the present day. To read this literature requires not only texts and translations in the traditional sense, but graphic art as well. The Mayan script gave writers the means for notating the sounds of Mayan languages, but it never abandoned the images and diagrams that gave meaning to some of its characters.
Dennis Tedlock is Distinguished Professor of English and Research Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has done ethnographic and linguistic field work among the Zuni of New Mexico and the Mayans of Guatemala and Belize. His book include Finding the Center: The Art of the Zuni Storyteller; Breath on the Mirror: Mythic Voices and Visions of the Living Maya; Days from a Dream Almanac, The Dialogic Emergence of Culture (edited with Bruce Mannheim), and Rabinal Achi: A Mayan Drama of War and Sacrifice. He won the PEN Translation Prize for Popol Vuh: The Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life. His most recent book is 2000 Years of Mayan Literature.
A talk sponsored by the Spanish & Portuguese Department, LLILAS and the Department of Anthropology.