Critical approaches to the study of topics related to Persian literature and Iranian culture have evolved in recent decades. The essays included in this volume collectively demonstrate the most recent creative approaches to the study of the Persian language, literature, and culture, and the way these methodologies have progressed academic debate.
Topics covered include; culture, cognition, history, the social context of literary criticism, the problematics of literary modernity, and the issues of writing literary history. More specifically, authors explore the nuances of these topics; literature and life, poetry and nature, culture and literature, women and literature, freedom of literature, Persian language, power, and censorship, and issues related to translation and translating Persian literature in particular. In dealing with these seminal subjects, contributors acknowledge and contemplate the works of Ahmad Karimi Hakkak and other pioneering critics, analysing how these works have influenced the field of literary and cultural studies.
Contributing a variety of theoretical and inter-disciplinary approaches to this field of study, this book is a valuable addition to the study of Persian poetry and prose, and to literary criticism more broadly.
Table of Contents
Introduction Kamran Talattof: "Leading Literary: On Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak’s Scholarship and Service and about This Collection" Part 1: Poetry and Poetics: 1. Franklin Lewis: "Solṭân Valad and the Poetical Order: Framing the Ethos and Praxis of Poetry in the Mevlevi Tradition after Rumi" 2. Marta Simidchieva: "Three Songs for Iran: Gender and Social Commitment in the Poetry of Parvin, Forugh, and Simin" 3. Sahar Allamezade: "Killed by Love: ‘Eshqi Revised; An Iranian Poet’s Quest for Modernization" 4. Peyman Vahabzadeh: " Rebellious Action and "Guerrilla Poetry": Dialectics of Art and Life in 1970s Iran" Part 2: Fiction and Prose: 5. Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami: "Explaining Tragedy: The Voice of Ironic Nondiscursivity in Bahram Sadeqi and Mohammad Asef Soltanzadeh" 6. Razi Ahmad: "A Postcolonial Reading of Simin Daneshvar’s Novels: The Spiritual and the Material Domains in Savushun, Jazira-ye Sargardani, and Sarban Sargardan" 7. Fatemeh Shams: "Literature, Art, and Ideology under the Islamic Republic: An Extended History of the Center for Islamic Art and Thoughts" Part 3: Language, Culture, and the Problematics of Translation 8. Ehsan Yarshater: "Ventures and Adventures of the Persian Language" 9. Kamran Talattof: "Social Causes and Cultural Consequences of Replacing Persian with Farsi: What's in a name?" 10. Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi: "Ahmad Kasravi’s Critiques of Europism and Orientalism" 11. Arang Keshavarzian: "Mutual Comprehension and Hybrid Identities in the Bazaar: Reflections on Interviews and Interlocutors in Tehran" 12. Liora Hendelman-Baavur: "The Odyssey of Jalal Al-e Ahmad’s Gharbzadegi—Five Decades After" 13. Shadi Mazhari: "Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis and the Overarching Problematic of Totalitarianism and Democracy in Postrevolutionary Iran" 14. Sima Daad: "Accented Texts: The Case of Chahār Maqāle and Mohammad Qazvini" 15. Abbas Jamshidi "Liza
Kamran Talattof is Professor of Iranian studies at the University of Arizona and the author of Modernity, Sexuality, and Ideology in Iran: The Life and Legacy of a Popular Female Artist, which was among Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles, 2011 and co-recipient of the L. Yarshater Book Award, 2012.