Dennis Tedlock reading and book signing
Date: Jan 29,2010
Time: 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Dennis Tedlock will read from his new book, 2000 Years of Mayan Literature, published by UC Press.
Mayan literature is among the oldest in the world, spanning an astonishing two millennia from deep pre-Columbian antiquity to the present day. Here, for the first time, is a fully illustrated survey, from the earliest hieroglyphic inscriptions to the works of later writers using the Roman alphabet. Dennis Tedlock—ethnographer, linguist, poet, and award-winning author—draws on decades of living and working among the Maya to assemble this groundbreaking book, which is the first to treat ancient Mayan texts as literature. Tedlock considers the texts chronologically. He establishes that women were among the ancient writers and challenges the idea that Mayan rulers claimed the status of gods. 2000 Years of Mayan Literature expands our understanding and appreciation not only of Mayan literature but of indigenous American literature in its entirety.
There will be prints of 24 different pages of the book available to purchase, all printed on 11 x 17 archival paper.