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The Poetry of Iranian Women
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 151

The Poetry of Iranian Women

The voice that comes through this book is daring rather than desperate, decisive rather than doleful, and fairly composed, given the constraints that govern the lives of the featured poets, as women and as artists.

Veils and Words
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 295

Veils and Words

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1992
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

This is the first book in any language about the writing of women in Iran. For centuries any sense that there could be a literary tradition among women was suppressed. Since the middle of the 19th century, however, a number a of pioneering women have defied the traditional order to produce poetry and novels of the highest quality; but many of them have paid for their courage with accusations of immorality, promiscuity, heresy and even lunacy.

Forugh Farrokhzad, Poet of Modern Iran
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 256

Forugh Farrokhzad, Poet of Modern Iran

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2010-11-05
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

Forugh Farrokhzad was a pioneering Iranian poet and filmmaker, whose reputation as a path-breaking female rebel made her an iconic figure from her own time. Both her unconventional personal life and her captivating creative trajectory have captured the imaginations of generations of Iranians since she published her first poems in the mid-1950s. More than four decades after her death at the age of 32, Farrokhzad has come to represent the spirit of revolt against patriarchal and cultural norms in 1960s Iran. Her life and work continue to be pivotal not only to understanding Persian literary modernity and the rise of women’s writing in Iran, but also to mapping the struggle of Iranian women f...

The Forbidden
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 182

The Forbidden

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2012-01-01
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  • Publisher: MSU Press

During the 1979 revolution, Iranians from all walks of life, whether Muslim, Jewish, Christian, socialist, or atheist, fought side-by-side to end one tyrannical regime, only to find themselves in the clutches of another. When Khomeini came to power, freedom of the press was eliminated, religious tolerance disappeared, women’s rights narrowed to fit within a conservative interpretation of the Quran, and non-Islamic music and literature were banned. Poets, writers, and artists were driven deep underground and, in many cases, out of the country altogether. This moving anthology is a testament to both the centuries-old tradition of Persian poetry and the enduring will of the Iranian people to resist injustice. The poems selected for this collection represent the young, the old, and the ancient. They are written by poets who call or have called Iran home, many of whom have become part of a diverse and thriving diaspora.

Sin
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 167

Sin

Annotation. Winner of the 2010 Lois Roth Persian Translation Prize.

Women's Autobiographies in Contemporary Iran
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 78
Familiar and Foreign
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 270

Familiar and Foreign

he current political climate of confrontation between Islamist regimes and Western governments has resulted in the proliferation of essentialist perceptions of Iran and Iranians in the West. Such perceptions do not reflect the complex evolution of Iranian identity that occurred in the years following the Constitutional Revolution (1906–11) and the anti-imperialist Islamic Revolution of 1979. Despite the Iranian government’s determined pursuance of anti-Western policies and strict conformity to religious principles, the film and literature of Iran reflect the clash between a nostalgic pride in Persian tradition and an apparent infatuation with a more Eurocentric modernity. In Familiar and...

Afsaneh
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 200

Afsaneh

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2013-11-15
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  • Publisher: Saqi

Whether negotiating often-treacherous paths through political and religious upheavals or threading their way through dreams and fantasies, the characters in these stories are vivid and compelling enough to challenge and surprise anyone unfamiliar with Iranian life and literature. From the oppressive atmosphere before the Islamic Revolution of 1979 in Simin Daneshvar's Whom Shall I Greet? to Shahrnoosh Parsipour's mesmerising story of women who blur distinctions between reality and dreams in Crystal Pendants, these tales brim with the inner lives, attitudes and outlooks of women in Iran. 'There is great talent in these stories as well as great courage.' Elaine Showalter, Literary Review

Performing the Iranian State
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 260

Performing the Iranian State

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2014-11-01
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  • Publisher: Anthem Press

This book discusses what it means to “perform the State,” what this action means in relation to the country of Iran and how these various performances are represented. The concept of the “State” as a modern phenomenon has had a powerful impact on the formation of the individual and collective, as well as on determining how political entities are perceived in their interactions with one another in the current global arena.

Poets and Pahlevans
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 304

Poets and Pahlevans

Marcello Di Cintio prepares for his “journey into the heart of Iran” with the utmost diligence. He takes lessons in Farsi, researches Persian poetry and sharpens his wrestling skills by returning to the mat after a gap of some years. Knowing that there is a special relationship between heroic poetry and the various styles of traditional Persian wrestling, he sets out to discover how Iranians “reconcile creativity with combat.” From the moment of his arrival in Tehran, the author is overwhelmed by hospitality. He immerses himself in male company in tea houses, conversing while smoking the qalyun or water pipe. Iranian men are only too willing to talk, especially about politics. Confus...