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Enheduana and the Invention of Authorship
The first known author, Enheduana, gained a central place in the literary culture of ancient Iraq long after the death of Sumerian, the language in which her poems were written. The essay argues that her authorship served to depict the Sumerian literary heritage as a tangible object that could be acquired by people who did not speak Sumerian as their native language, since Enheduana's poems condensed a cacophony of independent traditions into a single entity. The process primarily took place indoi:10.21825/aj.v8i1.11486 fatcat:vmxgtyvwq5gdfogeeru4lxmyau