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From Prophets of Doom to Chroniclers of Gloom

Series: Bibliotheca Iranica: Literature Series 16
Availability: In stock
Published: 2021
Page #: xvi + 264
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1568593906
bibliography, index, notes

 
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This book is an examination of modern Persian literature from its inception in the first decade of the 20th century to the present from a variety of perspectives, including within the context of the sociopolitical events and upheavals in the past 120 years as well as the developments and changes in Persian poetry, prose fiction, and drama. After a survey of the major sociopolitical events and currents that provide the background to the inception and development of modernist Persian literature, Ghanoonparvar analyzes Persian poetry and prose fiction in terms of the purported role of the literary artist as a prophet-like visionary figure, the question of sociopolitical commitment, issues regarding literary genre and form and their relevance to content, literary ambiguity, censorship, and literary prophecy. While the first seven chapters are a revised and updated study that had appeared in Prophets of Doom published in 1984, two other chapters, one examining Persian literature since the 1978-79 Islamic Revolution in Iran and another on modern Persian drama since its beginning in the late 19th century, have been added to that volume. The bibliography contains a comprehensive list of modern Persian literature in English translation.

author

M. R. Ghanoonparvar

M.R. Ghanoonparvar is Professor Emeritus of Persian and Comparative Literature at The University of Texas at Austin. Professor Ghanoonparvar has also taught at the University of Isfahan, the University of Virginia, and the University of Arizona, and was a Rockefeller Fellow at the University of Michigan. He has published widely on Persian literature and culture in both English and Persian and is the author of "Prophets of Doom: Literature as a Socio-Political Phenomenon in Modern Iran" (1984), "In a Persian Mirror: Images of the West and Westerners in Iranian Fiction" (1993), "Translating the Garden" (2001), "Reading Chubak" (2005), "Persian Cuisine: Traditional, Regional and Modern Foods" (2006), "Iranian Film and Persian Fiction" (2016), and "Dining at the Safavid Court" (2016). His translations include Jalal Al-e Ahmad’s "By the Pen," Sadeq Chubak’s "The Patient Stone," Simin Daneshvar’s "Savushun," Ahmad Kasravi’s "On Islam and Shi’ism," Sadeq Hedayat’s "The Myth of Creation," Nima Yushij’s "The Neighbor Says: Letters of Nima Yushij" and the Philosophy of Modern Persian Poetry," Davud Ghaffarzadegan’s "Fortune Told in Blood," Mohammad Reza Bayrami’s "The Tales of Sabalan" and "Eagles of Hill 60," and Bahram Beyza’i’s "Memoirs of the Actor in a Supporting Role." His edited volumes include "Iranian Drama: An Anthology," "In Transition: Essays on Culture and Identity in Middle Eastern Societies," Gholamhoseyn Sa’edi’s "Othello in Wonderland and Mirror-Polishing Storytellers," and Moniro Ravanipour’s "Satan Stones" and "Kanizu." His most recent translations include Shahrokh Meskub’s "In the Alley of the Friend," Hushang Golshiri’s "Book of Jinn," Moniro Ravanipour’s "The Drowned and These Crazy Nights," and Hamid Shokat’s "Flight into Darkness: A Political Biography of Shapour Bakhtiar." He was the recipient of the 2008 Lois Roth Prize for Literary Translation. His forthcoming book is "Literary Diseases in Persian Literature," and his forthcoming translations include Hamid Shokat’s "Caught in the Crossfire: A Political Biography of Qavamossaltaneh," Ghazaleh Alizadeh’s "The House of the Edrisis and The Nights of Tehran," Ruhangiz Sharifian’s "The Last Dream" and "Doran," and Shahrnush Parsipur’s "Blue Logos."

Preface.

Introduction.

Chapter One: A Literary Revolution.

Chapter Two: Literary Predictions.

Chapter Three: The Question of Commitment.

Chapter Four: Experimentation in Kind and the Function of Form.

Chapter Five: Didacticism or Escapism.

Chapter Six: Literary Ambiguity.

Chapter Seven: Prophets of Doom.

Chapter Eight: Chroniclers of Gloom.

Chapter Nine: Drama and Doom.

Bibliography.

Index.

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