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Modern Persian Literature in Afghanistan

Anomalous Visions of History and Form, 1st Edition

By Wali Ahmadi


192 pages

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With the unleashing of the "War on Terror" in the aftermath of 9/11, Afghanistan has become prominent in the news. However, we need to appreciate that no substantive understanding of contemporary history, politics and society of this country can be achieved without a thorough analysis of the Afghan encounter with cultural and literary modernity and modernization.

Modern Persian Literature in Afghanistan does just that. The book offers a balanced and interdisciplinary analysis of the rich and admirable contemporary poetry and fiction of a land long tormented by wars and invasions. It sets out to demonstrate that, within the trajectory of the union between modern aesthetic imagination and politics, creativity and production, and representation and history, the modernist intervention enabled many contemporary poets and writers of fiction to resist the overt politicization of the literary field, without evading politics or disavowing the modern state.

The interpretative moves and nuanced readings of a series of literary texts make this book a major contribution to a rather neglected area of research and study.

Winner of the Iranian World Prize for Book of the Year in Islamics Studies 2009

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Conundrum of Modernity 1. Beyond "Mist and Pebble": Ordering the Culture of Modernity 2. The Poetics of (National) Truth Content 3. Perilous Ends of History: The Rhetoric of Commitment and the Poetics of Nationalism 4. Literature of Commandement and the Crisis of Commitment 5. De-Centering Dissent Epilogue Contending With History

About the Author

Wali Ahmadi is Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, USA.

About the Series

Iranian Studies

Since 1967 the International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS) has been a leading learned society for the advancement of new approaches in the study of Iranian society, history, culture, and literature. The new ISIS Iranian Studies series published by Routledge will provide a venue for the publication of original and innovative scholarly works in all areas of Iranian and Persianate Studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies