MES f324K • Reading A Persian Short Stroy
This introductory course will focus on an in-depth reading and analysis of the Persian short-story genre. Major short stories by such authors as M.A. Jamalzadeh, Sadeq Hedayat, Houshang Golshiri and Houshang Moradi-Kermani will comprise the reading for the course. Special attention will be paid to cultural, linguistic, historical and social aspects of these works in the context of twenty and twenty-first century Iranian society. Although reading assignments will be Persian short-stories in English translation, students with background or proficiency in Persian are encouraged to read the material in the original. The original and translated text of at least two short-stories will be available for close comparison. Special attention will also be paid to the transformation of the text which inevitably occurs when rendered from one cultural milieu to another. We will also focus on social, cultural and political issues including censorship, self-censorship, cultural taboos, and other issues pertaining to the material studied. The course format will consist of intensive in-class discussions supplemented by web materials, films and other audio-visual presentations and guest lectures.Texts: Xeroxed packet of materials.