Iranian and Diasporic Literature in the 21st Century

Iranian and Diasporic Literature in the 21st Century
Author: Daniel Grassian
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2013-02-18
ISBN: 1476601046
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Iranian and Diasporic Literature in the 21st Century Book Excerpt:

The most populous Islamic country in the Middle East, Iran is rife with contradictions, in many ways caught between the culture and governments of the Western—more dominant and arguably imperalist—world and the ideology of conservative fundamentalist Islam. This book explores the present-day writings of authors who explore these oppositional forces, often finding a middle course between the often brutal and demonizing rhetoric from both sides. To combat how the West has falsely generalized and stereotyped Iran, and how Iran has falsely generalized and stereotyped the West, Iranian and diasporic writers deconstruct Western caricatures of Iran and Iranian caricatures of the West. In so doing, they provide especially valuable insights into life in Iran today and into life in the West for diasporic Iranians.

Iranian Diaspora Literature of Women

Iranian Diaspora Literature of Women
Author: Leila Samadi Rendy
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Total Pages: 180
Release: 2020-08-10
ISBN: 3112209281
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Iranian Diaspora Literature of Women Book Excerpt:

The series Studies on Modern Orient provides an overview of religious, political and social phenomena in modern and contemporary Muslim societies. The volumes do not only take into account Near and Middle Eastern countries, but also explore Islam and Muslim culture in other regions of the world, for example, in Europe and the US. The series Studies on Modern Orient was founded in 2010 by Klaus Schwarz Verlag.

The Literature of the Iranian Diaspora

The Literature of the Iranian Diaspora
Author: Sanaz Fotouhi
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2015-04-03
ISBN: 085773766X
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Literature of the Iranian Diaspora Book Excerpt:

The 1979 Revolution in Iran caused the migration of millions of Iranians, many of whom wrote, and are still writing, of their experiences. Formed at the junctions of Iranian culture, English language and Western cultures, this body of work has not only formed a unique literary space, offering an insightful reflection of Iranian diasporic experiences and its shifting nature, but it has also been making a unique and understudied contribution to World Literatures in English as significant as Indian, African and Asian writing in English. Sanaz Fotouhi here traces the origins of the emerging body of diasporic Iranian literature in English, and uses these origins to examine the socio-political position and historical context from which they have emerged. Fotouhi brings together, introduces and analyses, for the first time, a significant range of diasporic Iranian writers alongside each other and alongside other diasporic literatures in English. While situating this body of work through existing theories such as postcolonialism, Fotouhi sheds new light on the role of Iranian literature and culture in Western literature by showing that these writings distinctively reflect experiences unique to the Iranian diaspora. Analysing the relationship between Iranians and their new surroundings, by drawing on theories of migration, narration and identity, Fotouhi examines how the literature borne out of the Iranian diaspora reconstructs, maintains and negotiates their Individual and communal identities and reflects today's socio-political realities. This book will be vital for researchers of Middle Eastern literature and its relationship with writings from the West, as well as those interested in the cultural history of the Middle East.

The Iranian Diaspora

The Iranian Diaspora
Author: Mohsen Mostafavi Mobasher
Publsiher: University of Texas Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2018-10-03
ISBN: 1477316671
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Iranian Diaspora Book Excerpt:

The Iranian revolution of 1978–1979 uprooted and globally dispersed an enormous number of Iranians from all walks of life. Bitter political relations between Iran and the West have since caused those immigrants to be stigmatized, marginalized, and politicized, which, in turn, has discredited and distorted Iranian migrants’ social identity; subjected them to various subtle and overt forms of prejudice, discrimination, and social injustice; and pushed them to the edges of their host societies. The Iranian Diaspora presents the first global overview of Iranian migrants’ experiences since the revolution, highlighting the similarities and differences in their experiences of adjustment and integration in North America, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. Written by leading scholars of the Iranian diaspora, the original essays in this volume seek to understand and describe how Iranians in diaspora (re)define and maintain their ethno-national identity and (re)construct and preserve Iranian culture. They also explore the integration challenges the Iranian immigrants experience in a very negative context of reception. Combining theory and case studies, as well as a variety of methodological strategies and disciplinary perspectives, the essays offer needed insights into some of the most urgent and consequential issues and problem areas of immigration studies, including national, ethnic, and racial identity construction; dual citizenship and dual nationality maintenance; familial and religious transformation; politics of citizenship; integration; ethnic and cultural maintenance in diaspora; and the link between politics and the integration of immigrants, particularly Muslim immigrants.

Censorship of Literature in Post Revolutionary Iran

Censorship of Literature in Post Revolutionary Iran
Author: Alireza Abiz
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2020-12-10
ISBN: 0755634926
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Censorship of Literature in Post Revolutionary Iran Book Excerpt:

Censorship pervades all aspects of political, social and cultural life in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Faced with strict state control of cultural output, Iranian authors and writers have had to adapt their work to avoid falling foul of the censors. In this pioneering study, Alireza Abiz offers an in-depth, interdisciplinary analysis of how censorship and the political order of Iran have influenced contemporary Persian literature, both in terms of content and tone. As censorship is unrecorded and not officially acknowledged in Iran, the author has examined newspaper records and conducted first-hand interviews with Iranian poets and writers. looking into the ways in which poets and writers attempt to subvert the codes of censorship by using symbolism and figurative language to hide their more controversial messages. A ground-breaking analysis, this book will be vital reading for anyone interested in contemporary cultural politics and literature in Iran.

Iran s Struggles for Social Justice

Iran   s Struggles for Social Justice
Author: Peyman Vahabzadeh
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 323
Release: 2016-12-20
ISBN: 3319442279
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Iran s Struggles for Social Justice Book Excerpt:

This interdisciplinary volume offers a range of studies spanning the various historical, political, legal, and cultural features of social justice in Iran, and proposes that the present-day realities of life in Iran could not be farther from the promises of the Iranian Revolution. The ideals of social justice and participatory democracy that galvanized a resilient nation in 1979 have been abandoned as an avaricious ruling elite has privatized the economy, abandoned social programs and subsidy payments for the poor, and suppressed the struggles of women, workers, students, and minorities for equality. At its core, Iran’s Struggles for Social Justice seeks to educate and to develop a new discourse on social justice in Iran.

Women Write Iran

Women Write Iran
Author: Nima Naghibi
Publsiher: U of Minnesota Press
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2016-05-01
ISBN: 1452950032
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Women Write Iran Book Excerpt:

Women Write Iran is the first full-length study on life narratives by Iranian women in the diaspora. Nima Naghibi investigates auto/biographical narratives across genres—including memoirs, documentary films, prison testimonials, and graphic novels—and finds that they are tied together by the experience of the 1979 Iranian revolution as a traumatic event and by a powerful nostalgia for an idealized past. Naghibi is particularly interested in writing as both an expression of memory and an assertion of human rights. She discovers that writing life narratives contributes to the larger enterprise of righting historical injustices. By drawing on the empathy of the reader/spectator/witness, Naghibi contends, life narratives offer the possibilities of connecting to others and responding with an increased commitment to social justice. The book opens with an examination of how the widely circulated video footage of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan on the streets of Tehran in June 2009 triggered the articulation of life narratives by diasporic Iranians. It concludes with a discussion of the prominent place of the 1979 revolution in these narratives. Throughout, the focus is on works that have become popular in the West, such as Marjane Satrapi’s best-selling graphic novel Persepolis. Naghibi addresses the significant questions raised by these works: How do we engage with human rights and social justice as readers in the West? How do these narratives draw our attention and elicit our empathic reactions? And what is our responsibility as witnesses to trauma, atrocity, and human suffering?

Iran and the West

Iran and the West
Author: Margaux Whiskin,David Bagot
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2018-04-27
ISBN: 1838608761
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Iran and the West Book Excerpt:

Since the age of the Sasanian Empire (224-651 AD), Iran and the West have time and again appeared to be at odds. Iran and the West charts this contentious and complex relationship by examining the myriad ways the two have perceived each other, from antiquity to today. Across disciplines, perspectives and periods contributors consider literary, imagined, mythical, visual, filmic, political and historical representations of the 'other' and the ways in which these have been constructed in, and often in spite of, their specific historical contexts. Many of these narratives, for example, have their origin in the ancient world but have since been altered, recycled and manipulated to fit a particular agenda. Ranging from Tacitus, Leonidas and Xerxes via Shahriar Mandanipour and Azar Nafisi to Rosewater, Argo and 300, this inter-disciplinary and wide-ranging volume is essential reading for anyone working on the complex history, present and future of Iranian-Western relations.

Picturing Childhood

Picturing Childhood
Author: Mark Heimermann
Publsiher: University of Texas Press
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2017-03-01
ISBN: 1477311629
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Picturing Childhood Book Excerpt:

Comics and childhood have had a richly intertwined history for nearly a century. From Richard Outcault’s Yellow Kid, Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo, and Harold Gray’s Little Orphan Annie to Hergé’s Tintin (Belgium), José Escobar’s Zipi and Zape (Spain), and Wilhelm Busch’s Max and Moritz (Germany), iconic child characters have given both kids and adults not only hours of entertainment but also an important vehicle for exploring children’s lives and the sometimes challenging realities that surround them. Bringing together comic studies and childhood studies, this pioneering collection of essays provides the first wide-ranging account of how children and childhood, as well as the larger cultural forces behind their representations, have been depicted in comics from the 1930s to the present. The authors address issues such as how comics reflect a spectrum of cultural values concerning children, sometimes even resisting dominant cultural constructions of childhood; how sensitive social issues, such as racial discrimination or the construction and enforcement of gender roles, can be explored in comics through the use of child characters; and the ways in which comics use children as metaphors for other issues or concerns. Specific topics discussed in the book include diversity and inclusiveness in Little Audrey comics of the 1950s and 1960s, the fetishization of adolescent girls in Japanese manga, the use of children to build national unity in Finnish wartime comics, and how the animal/child hybrids in Sweet Tooth act as a metaphor for commodification.

Women Art and Literature in the Iranian Diaspora

Women  Art  and Literature in the Iranian Diaspora
Author: Mehraneh Ebrahimi
Publsiher: Syracuse University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2019-05-09
ISBN: 0815654820
Category: Art
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Women Art and Literature in the Iranian Diaspora Book Excerpt:

Does the study of aesthetics have tangible effects in the real world? Does examining the work of diaspora writers and artists change our view of "the Other"? In this thoughtful book, Ebrahimi argues that an education in the humanities is as essential as one in politics and ethics, critically training the imagination toward greater empathy. Despite the surge in Iranian memoirs, their contributions to debunking an abstract idea of terror and their role in encouraging democratic thinking remain understudied. In examining creative work by women of Iranian descent, Ebrahimi argues that Shirin Neshat, Marjane Satrapi, and Parsua Bashi make the Other familiar and break a cycle of reactionary xenophobia. These authors, instead of relying on indignation, build imaginative bridges in their work that make it impossible to blame one evil, external enemy. Ebrahimi explores both classic and hybrid art forms, including graphic novels and photo-poetry, to advocate for the importance of aesthetics to inform and influence a global community. Drawing on the theories of Rancière, Butler, Arendt, and Levinas, Ebrahimi identifies the ways in which these works give a human face to the Other, creating the space and language to imagine a new political and ethical landscape.

Forugh Farrokhzad Poet of Modern Iran

Forugh Farrokhzad  Poet of Modern Iran
Author: Dominic Parviz Brookshaw,Nasrin Rahimieh
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2010-11-05
ISBN: 0857718983
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Forugh Farrokhzad Poet of Modern Iran Book Excerpt:

The pioneering Iranian poet and filmmaker Forugh Farrokhzad was an iconic figure in her own day and has come to represent the spirit of revolt against patriarchal and cultural norms in 1960s Iran. Four decades after her tragic death at the age of 32, Forugh Farrokhzad, Poet of Modern Iran brings her ground-breaking work into new focus. During her lifetime Farrokhzad embodied the vexed predicament of the contemporary Iranian woman, at once subjected to long-held traditional practices and influenced by newly introduced modern social sensibilities. Highlighting her literary and cinematic innovation, this volume examines the unique place Farrokhzad occupies in Iran, both among modern Persian poets in general and as an Iranian woman writer in particular. The authors also explore Farrokhzad's appeal outside Iran in the Iranian diasporic imagination and through the numerous translations of her poetry into English. It is a fitting and authoritative tribute to the work of a remarkable woman which will introduce and explain her legacy for a 21st-century audience.

Persian Literature as World Literature

Persian Literature as World Literature
Author: Mostafa Abedinifard,Omid Azadibougar,Amirhossein Vafa
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2021-07-15
ISBN: 1501354205
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Persian Literature as World Literature Book Excerpt:

Confronting nationalistic and nativist interpreting practices in Persianate literary scholarship, Persian Literature as World Literature makes a case for reading these literatures as world literature-as transnational, worldly texts that expand beyond local and national penchants. Working through an idea of world literature that is both cosmopolitan and critical of any monologic view on globalization, the contributors to this volume revisit the early and contemporary circulation of Persianate literatures across neighboring and distant cultures, and seek innovative ways of developing a transnational Persian literary studies, engaging in constructive dialogues with the global forces surrounding, and shaping, Persianate societies and cultures.

Reintegrating Iran with the West

Reintegrating Iran with the West
Author: Mohammad Elahee,Farid Sadrich,Mike Wilman
Publsiher: Emerald Group Publishing
Total Pages: 184
Release: 2015-06-20
ISBN: 1784417416
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reintegrating Iran with the West Book Excerpt:

Iran's potential as a key player in the region's economic, political and technological development is largely unrealized. This book provides its readers with a fuller understanding of the economic complexities of the present and the promise of a future rebirth in an important country, perhaps the last emerging market.

Nation and Novel

Nation and Novel
Author: Hashem Ahmadzadeh
Publsiher: Uppsala Universitet
Total Pages: 330
Release: 2003
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Nation and Novel Book Excerpt:

The emergence of nation-states in the Middle East during the early decades of the new 20th Century is more or less parallel to the emergence of a new narrative discourse, i.e. the novel. This almost simultaneous emergence raises a question as to whether there are some reciprocal relationships between the emergence of the nation-state and the novel. This study deals with the genre of the novel in Persian and Kurdish literature. It focuses on the rise of the novel and the factors which bring about its emergence and fuel its development.

My Shadow Is My Skin

My Shadow Is My Skin
Author: Katherine Whitney,Leila Emery
Publsiher: University of Texas Press
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2020-03-16
ISBN: 1477320369
Category: Literary Collections
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

My Shadow Is My Skin Book Excerpt:

The Iranian revolution of 1979 launched a vast, global diaspora, with many Iranians establishing new lives in the United States. In the four decades since, the diaspora has expanded to include not only those who emigrated immediately after the revolution but also their American-born children, more recent immigrants, and people who married into Iranian families, all of whom carry their own stories of trauma, triumph, adversity, and belonging that reflect varied and nuanced perspectives on what it means to be Iranian or Iranian American. The essays in My Shadow Is My Skin are these stories. This collection brings together thirty-two authors, both established and emerging, whose writing captures the diversity of diasporic experiences. Reflecting on the Iranian American experience over the past forty years and shedding new light on themes of identity, duality, and alienation in twenty-first-century America, the authors present personal narratives of immigration, sexuality, marginalization, marriage, and religion that offer an antidote to the news media’s often superficial portrayals of Iran and the people who have a connection to it. My Shadow Is My Skin pulls back the curtain on a community that rarely gets to tell its own story.

Let Me Tell You Where I ve Been

Let Me Tell You Where I ve Been
Author: Iran Heritage Foundation Staff
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 349
Release: 2006-05
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Literary Collections
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Let Me Tell You Where I ve Been Book Excerpt:

Collects the writings of Iranian women in exile on family, love, gender, and resistance.

Forugh Farrokhzad Poet of Modern Iran

Forugh Farrokhzad  Poet of Modern Iran
Author: Dominic Parviz Brookshaw,Nasrin Rahimieh
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2010-11-05
ISBN: 0857731513
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Forugh Farrokhzad Poet of Modern Iran Book Excerpt:

The pioneering Iranian poet and filmmaker Forugh Farrokhzad was an iconic figure in her own day and has come to represent the spirit of revolt against patriarchal and cultural norms in 1960s Iran. Four decades after her tragic death at the age of 32, "Forugh Farrokhzad, Poet of Modern Iran" brings her ground-breaking work into new focus. During her lifetime Farrokhzad embodied the vexed predicament of the contemporary Iranian woman, at once subjected to long-held traditional practices and influenced by newly introduced modern social sensibilities. Highlighting her literary and cinematic innovation, this volume examines the unique place Farrokhzad occupies in Iran, both among modern Persian poets in general and as an Iranian woman writer in particular. The authors also explore Farrokhzad's appeal outside Iran in the Iranian diasporic imagination and through the numerous translations of her poetry into English. It is a fitting and authoritative tribute to the work of a remarkable woman which will introduce and explain her legacy for a 21st-century audience.

Forugh Farrokhzad Poet of Modern Iran

Forugh Farrokhzad  Poet of Modern Iran
Author: Dominic Parviz Brookshaw,Nasrin Rahimieh
Publsiher: I.B. Tauris
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2010-12-15
ISBN: 9781848851566
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Forugh Farrokhzad Poet of Modern Iran Book Excerpt:

Iran Today

Iran Today
Author: Mehran Kamrava,Manochehr Dorraj
Publsiher: Greenwood
Total Pages: 543
Release: 2008
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Iran Today Book Excerpt:

Iran dominates the media headlines once again and has taken center stage in the U.S. and European Union strategy toward the Middle East. A more nuanced understanding of Iranian society has assumed even greater significance and urgency. Iran Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Islamic Republic offers crucial insight for students and the general reader into an often misunderstood and complex country that is shrouded in mystery and misperception. Heir to a long history and a great culture and civilization, Iran embodies a rich, complex, and diverse mosaic that defines its national identity.

Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century

Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1981
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Literature, Modern
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century Book Excerpt: