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Comparative Literature and Classical Persian Poetics Seven Essays

Seven Essays

Series: Bibliotheca Iranica: Intellectual Traditions Series 4
Availability: Out of Print
Published: 2000
Page #: xvi + 158
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 1-56859-098-9
bibliography, index

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This work, a collection of seven essays, centers on classical Persian poetics, primarily the epic art of Ferdowsi's Shâhnâma. It combines traditional literary approaches with new comparative methods, especially those developed by Albert B. Lord in his ethnographic fieldwork on living oral traditions and by Georges Dumézil in his linguistic analysis of thematic parallelisms between heroes of epic and gods of myth and ritual.

The comparative methods applied by the book stem largely from the field of Comparative Literature. The basic question is not only how the methods of Comparative Literature enhance our understanding of Persian literature, but also how the Persian evidence in its own right illuminates some major topics of Comparative Literature today.

author

Olga M. Davidson

Olga Davidson is a Professor in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at the Brandeis University. Dr. Davidson served as chair of the concentration in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Brandeis University from 1992-1997. Other duties include: Elected Member of the Board of Trustees, Encyclopedia Iranica, 1998-, Member of the Advisory Council of the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, 1999-, Chair of the Board, ILEX Foundation, 1999-. Her publications include Poet and Hero in the Persian Book of Kings and Comparative Literature and Classical Persian Poetry. Dr. Davidson received her BA from Boston University and her Ph.D. from Princeton University. Her dissertation, entitled "The Crown-Bestower and the Iranian Book of Kings," was awarded the T. Cuyler Young Prize by the Near Eastern Studies Department, Princeton University.

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