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Old June 17th, 2017, 09:30 PM   #1

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The Origin of Creative Literature


Today, we value creativity quite highly, especially in the field of arts, including literature.
Now, this thread is about the beginning of creative literature.
Most writing systems were invented for records in the first place; then, poetry, epics, sagas, legends, mythologies came into place.
Mythologies were designed as sacred stories rather than creative stories; then, fantasy also gets into place.
When did creative literature get its supposed beginning?
We value Beowulf highly when it was discovered; then, how many creative works are being forgotten?
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When did creative literature get its supposed beginning?
I don’t know when it begun. It the beginning it would also be difficult to separate creative literature from old stories and myths.

Anyway it already existed “adventure narrative” in Ancient Egypt. Creative? Well, at least in the way of exposing it.

There is a book (and collection) in Spanish about the theme, by Eduardo Yanez. Don’t know if there is an English translation.
https://www.amazon.es/Historia-Liter...773887&sr=1-15
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The Epic of Gilgamesh?
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The Epic of Gilgamesh?
Yes, the Epic of Gilgamesh can be considered “creative literature“, and it is previous to the Egyptian ones. We can also mention some stories in the Ancient Testament… and let us not avoid saying… Homer’s works…

Ianez also mentions the Indian literature but I am not familiar with it.
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Now, this thread is about the beginning of creative literature.
Some centuries before the Gilgamesh epic (19th century BCE at the earliest), one of the first creative writers and surely the first to be known by name was the Akkadian priestess Enheduanna, daughter of the Akkadian king Sargon´the Great´ (24th or 23th century BCE, depending from the chronological order). She was also the first to write from the first-person perspective.

So one can say that creative literature in the modern sense (that is, from the subjective perspective) was invented by this woman.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enheduanna

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Hymnal Prayers and Poems of Enheduanna - Classical Art History

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Yes, the Epic of Gilgamesh can be considered “creative literature“, and it is previous to the Egyptian ones.
The Egyptian pyramid texts are also much older than the Gilgamesh epic, the earliest texts date from the 24th century BCE.

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http://www.pyramidtextsonline.com/translation.html

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The Egyptian pyramid texts are also much older than the Gilgamesh epic, the earliest texts date from the 24th century BCE.

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Thanks. You are right. The “history of Sinhué” and the “history of the Shipwrecked Sailor” seem both previous or by the same time. And I didn’t knew those you pointed, I will take a look.
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As for fan-fiction, that is a later development.

The best example of an early successful fan-fic is The Anenid, which was written by a fan of the Homer connecting Troy with the Roman ethos.
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As for fan-fiction, that is a later development.

The best example of an early successful fan-fic is The Anenid, which was written by a fan of the Homer connecting Troy with the Roman ethos.
Be careful, I stated something similar recently and my comment was not well received!
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Be careful, I stated something similar recently and my comment was not well received!
It was by me. I thought "fan fiction" was a perfect description of the Aeneid.
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It was by me. I thought "fan fiction" was a perfect description of the Aeneid.
Then, we often think of fan fiction as a recent phenomenon of the Internet.
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