Monday, July 03, 2006

Eligibility question: Lugalbanda

I don't have a copy of Lugalbanda handy...but it may raise the eligibility question of "original work." Here's from the criteria:

"In defining the term, "original work," the committee will consider books that are traditional in origin, if the book is the result of original research and the retelling and interpretation are the writer's own."

If anyone has some insight (source notes printed in the book?) on whether this version would constitute an "original work" under this criterium, please comment! In the actual committee, this sort of question often gets handled between the committee chair, her "Priority Group Consultant" (a member appointed to handle issues for all award committees), and the ALSC President.


Blogger Nina Lindsay said...

You're right, there it says plain as day "July 2005" so Sleeping Freshmen is off. (And someone else already pointed this out to me I think, sorry about that.)

Replaced with Heroes of Baseball--thanks Monica!

12:20 PM  
Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Lugalbanda isn't in front of me right now, but I did review it earlier this year. As I recall, the book was a fairly faithful translation of the original text. The author did, however, take several different Lugalbanda tales and combine them in such a way as to create an original story. In this way, the final product is an original creation, even if the stories were direct translations of someone else's work.

9:43 AM  

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