Clarice Jensen’s piece The Exaltation of Inanna, which recasts the poem in musical form scored for string quartet, electric guitar, electronics, and voice, with the text sung in Sumerian, will premiere at an event hosted by the Morgan Library exhibit. It will be performed by the American Contemporary Music Ensemble.
The Morgan Library exhibition attracted much exciting news coverage, including on the front page of the BBC website as well as in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Hyperallergic, Artnews, and more. At around the same time, Enheduana appeared on Kate Mosse’s list of forgotten women for The Guardian.
Sophus Helle’s new book on Enheduana, to be published with Yale University Press in March 2023, is now available for preorder. It contains an English translation of her collected works as well as a detailed introduction to her historical background, literary reception, and the main themes treated in her poems. This website was launched to accompany the book.
From October 15, 2022 through February 19, 2023, The Morgan Library & Museum in New York is hosting an exhibition about Enheduana’s life and literature, and more broadly about the world of women in ancient Iraq during the third millennium BCE. Find more information at The Morgan’s website, where you can also access a virtual tour of the exhibit.
Three artists—Danica Curcic, Samina Bazai, and Stine Grøn—are staging an experimental musical performance of the Exaltation of Inana, based on the Danish translation by Sophus Helle, at the Thorvaldsens Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark. The performance, which is organized in connection with the Golden Days festival, will take place on September 10–11, 2022.
Lee Lawrance writes about Enheduana and her poetry for AramcoWorld, featuring interviews with Gina Konstantopoulos, Haider Almamori, Meagan Blyth, and more. Lawrence brings out the true wealth of responses to Enheduana’s poems that have appeared in recent years.