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Routledge Handbook of Ancient, Classical and Late Classical Persian Literature

Edited By

Kamran Talattof

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ISBN 9781138567245
April 25, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
512 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Routledge Handbook of Ancient, Classical, and Late Classical Persian Literature contains scholarly essays and sample texts related to Persian literature from 650BCE through the sixteenth century CE. It includes analyses of some seminal ancient texts and the works of numerous authors of the classical period.

The chapters apply a disciplinary or an interdisciplinary approach to the many movements, genres, and works of the long and evolving body of Persian literature produced in the Persianate World. These collections of scholarly essays and samples of Persian literary texts provide facts (general information), instructions (ways to understand, analyze, and appreciate this body of works), and the field's state-of-the-art research (the problematics of the topics) regarding one of the most important and oldest literary traditions in the world.

Thus, the handbook’s chapters and related texts provide scholars, students, and admirers of Persian poetry and prose with practical and direct access to the intricacies of the Persian literary world through a chronological account of key moments in the formation of this enduring literary tradition.

The related handbook (also edited by Kamran Talattof), Routledge Handbook of Post Classical and Contemporary Persian Literature covers Persian literary works from the 17th century to the present.

Table of Contents

1. A Review of the History and Categories of Persian Literature: An Introduction; 2. Avesta and Avestan Literature (Sample); 3. A Semanatic Shift in the Official Documents of Pre-Islamic Iran: The Semantics of Power to the Semantics of Politeness (Sample); 4. Genre in Classical Persian Poetry (Sample); 5. Rudaki: The Father of Persian Poetry (Sample); 6. The Shahnameh of Ferdowsi (Sample); 7. Robā`īyāt of Omar Khayyām (Sample); 8. Ghazal: Form in Meaning (Sample); 9. Niẓāmī Ganjavī: An Innovator of Persian Narrative Poetry (Sample); 10. Geographical Space and Historical Time Layers in Nizami Ganjavi’s Works (Sample); 11. Erotic Narratives and ʿAttār’s Refashioning of the Didactic Masnavi (Sample); 12. Analysis of the ratio of poetry and Islamic mysticism in the formation of Molavi's personality (Sample); 13. Poetry and Patronage: Persian Literature During the Mongol Empire (Sample); 14. Sa’di of Shiraz (Sample); 15. Gendering Obeyd: Rereading Zakani’s Sexual Satire (Sample); 16. Congruity of Structure and Content in Ghazals of Hafiz and Their Cultural and Historical Context (Sample); 17. Non-Ideological or Bibliomantic Readings of Hafiz’s Poetry (Sample); 18. Jami: The Seal of the Great Poets or the Emblem of an Era? (Sample); 19. A Lost Literacy: Reading Tadhkiras of Persian Poets in the 21st Century (Sample); 20. Persian-language Anthological Manuscripts: Typologies and Terminologies (Sample); 21. The Grounds of Verse: A Geopolitical Turn in Early Modern Persian Literary Criticism (Sample); 22. Persian-language literature in Dagestan: The Poetry of Hasan Alqadari (Sample); 23. Nizami Ganjavi and the Georgian Literature of 12th-18th Centuries (Sample)

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Kamran Talattof is Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Chair in Persian and Iranian Studies, and the Founding Chair of the Roshan Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Persian and Iranian Studies at the University of Arizona.