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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Spring 2006

MES 324K • 1-Iranian Women Writers

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41140 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
CAL 200

Course Description

The format of the course essentially consists of discussions by students. Some of the topics we will address are: What are the concerns of Iranian women? What is the traditional role of women in Iranian society? How do education, marriage and participation in the work force effect the lives of women? How do women view themselves in relation with other women, men, and the society as a whole? What are the contributions of women to Persian Literature? How does the writing of women differ from that of men? Is the concept of a "feminine voice" a reality in this literature? We will pay special attention to works written in the past two decades, in which an increasing number of women writers have gained prominence in the Persian literary world.

Grading Policy

Two analytical or comparative papers, 60%; weekly plot summaries of stories, 20%; class participation, 20%.


Mahshid Amirshahi, Suri & Co; Goli Tarzaghi, A Mansion in the Sky; Moniru Ravanipur, Kanizu; M. M. Khorrami and Shouleh Vatanabadi, A Feast in the Mirror: Stories by Contemporary Iranian Women, Shahrnush Parsipur, Women Without Men.


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