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Ancient Egyptian LiteratureTheory and Practice$
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Roland Enmarch and Verena M. Lepper

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265420

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265420.001.0001

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Literatures in Dialogue

Literatures in Dialogue

A Comparison of Attitudes to Speech in Babylonian and Middle Egyptian Literature1

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(p.261) 14 Literatures in Dialogue
Source:
Ancient Egyptian Literature
Author(s):

Martin Worthington

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265420.003.0014

This chapter operates in the sphere of influence-free literary comparison, comparing what Babylonian and Middle Egyptian literature say about speech. It argues that in Middle Egyptian literature, speech is allotted an ideological charge which it lacks in Babylonian works. This asymmetry reveals differences in broader cultural attitudes which deserve attention from future researchers. Along the way, structural-stylistic and editorial-linguistic comments are made on individual compositions.

Keywords:   Akkadian, Babylonian, Middle Egyptian, literature, rhetoric, speech, comparative, cultural difference, narrative strategies

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