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6:33pm on Thursday, 25th February, 2010:

Girls or Boys?


This week's EE314 class was an analysis of The First Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor from volume 2 of The Thousand Nights and One Night, translated by Mardrus and Mathers.

Yes, you come to university to study computer games and wind up spending two hours discussing a kid's story.

Well, perhaps not a kid's story. Although some stories from the 1,001 Nights have been treated in the West as stories for children, the collection itself is anything but. I keep telling my students this, but without any evidence it's hard to explain what I mean. I therefore decided to upload an example of a WTF (almost literally) story that you don't see in many translations, for their edification. Because it has some relevance to Tuesday's QBlog outburst, I thought I'd share it with you, too.

The story is entitled Girls or Boys, and here's a scan of the pages:

Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7

I don't suppose that would be on any primary school curriculum, even if the teachers did agree with its conclusions..!

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