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Prophets of Doom.

Literature as a Socio-Political Phenomenon in Modern Iran

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Published: 1984
Page #: xiii + 227
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
ISBN: 0-8191-4292-1
bibliography, index

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Prophets of Doom: Literature as a Socio-Political Phenomenon in Modern Iran is considered a source book for studying the literature of the Pahlavi era in Iran and has been indispensable for several generations of students of Persian literature. In seven chapters, M. R. Ghanoonparvar examines 20th-century Persian literature from a variety of literary and socio-political perspectives. With a review of the historical events and developments that brought about and influenced the social content of poetry and prose during that period, the author examines in the works of writers and poets the changes that took place in literature, which he terms a literary revolution, and explores the dual role of the literary artists as social prophets, both as pessimistic visionaries and as intellectual leaders of the community. Other chapters address the question of the writer's commitment to socio-political issues, literary experimentation with the structure and form of poetry and fiction, the didactic and at the same time escapist nature of this literature, and the issue of censorship which results in the development of ambiguity in the works of literary artists in attempts to evade the censors. The book concludes with the prophetic vision of literary artists who seemed to foresee not a better future but one of doom, which to many of them became a reality with the onset of the Islamic Revolution.

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M. R. Ghanoonparvar

M. R. Ghanoonparvar is Professor Emeritus of Persian and Comparative Literature at The University of Texas at Austin. He has published widely on Persian literature and culture and is the author of Prophets of Doom: Literature as a Socio-Political Phenomenon in Modern Iran, In a Persian Mirror: Images of the West and Westerners in Iranian Fiction, Translating the Garden, Reading Chubak, Persian Cuisine: Traditional, Regional and Modern Foods, and most recently Iranian Film and Persian Fiction. 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, Davud Ghaffarzadegan's Fortune Told in Blood, Mohammad Reza Bayrami's The Tales of Sabalan, Bahram Beyza'i's Memoirs of the Actor in a Supporting Role, Nima Yushij’s The Neighbor Says: Letters of Nima Yushij on Modern Persian Prosody, and Ja'far Modarres-Sadeqi’s Horse's Head. Among his edited volumes are Iranian Drama: An Anthology, In Transition: Essays on Culture and Identity in Middle Eastern Societies, Iranian Languages and Culture: Essays in Honor of Gernot Ludwig Windfuhr, and Critical Encounters: Essays on Persian Literature and Culture in Honor of Peter Chelkowski. His latest translations include Red Olive: The Memoirs of Nahid Yusefian, Amir Moazenzadeh's The Battle of Prophets & Wizards: The Nostradamus Code and Vampires, and Mohammad Reza Bayrami's Eagles of Hill 60. His forthcoming volumes include Death, Literary Diseases, and Persian Stories and translations of Modarres-Sadeqi’s Appointment in Allepo and Shahrokh Meskub’s In Alley of the Friend.

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