A Review of Key Concepts and Terms in Introduction of Part One

Key Points: A Review of Introduction of Part One

Preliminary Approaches

  • Icebreaker questions inspire critical engagements with literary studies
  • A single story exposes systemic inequalities

Featuring Poetry and Intersection with Sustainability

  • The songs of our personal compilations share poetic elements from the legacy of poetry
  • On poetry: alliteration, imagery, metaphor, irony, tone, among others
  • Folk songs reflect a community’s experiences, and inform on sustainability challenges
  • The theme of literary texts express perspectives of or position on its topic
  • The sonnet has a consistent form and varies in rhyme, as a form of lyrical poetry
  • Tropes in literature are shared common across cultures and regions
  • Tropes are also symbolic and represent human characteristics in the Western Tradition

Preview of the Following Chapters of Part One

Chapter One

  • Focuses on the poetic merits of early hymns, of very ancient hymns that pre-date today’s world religions to learn of its poetic merits, beliefs, and viewpoints.
  • The poetic and mythological hymns by Enheduanna are featured. Her hymns praise her own gods and goddesses in song. Enheduanna’s hymns intersect with sustainability on the topic of war and conflict.
  • Sustainability topics emerge in the themes of her hymns, like peace and justice, and gender equality.

Chapter Two

  • Focuses on origin stories and its mythological characteristics by featuring the mythology by tribes of the Indigenous communities of the North American region. They express universally known literary tropes like Twin Heroes and father and motherlike goddesses, and address their roles with the land, ocean, and the cosmos.
  • The Haudenosaunee’s origin story shares commonalities with the origins of life in the Biblical Genesis, for example.
  • Sustainability topics emerge in the themes of Indigenous storytelling like life on land and sea, peace and justice, and sustainable communities.

Chapter Three

  • Focuses on early epics, a form of storytelling with oral tradition origins.
  • The Maya creation myth is written in Popol Vuh, from Francisco Ximénez’s 1576 manuscript. The epic is also an early, ancient story compilation.
  • The West African epic Sunjata is the longest living oral tradition epic still recited today by the descendants of the Malinke and Mali peoples and their multigenerational storyteller oral tradition by highly trained ‘djeli’.
  • Sustainability topics emerge on no poverty, clean water, sustainable communities, reducing inequality, responsible consumption and production, life on land, and peace and justice.


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