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

Spring 2008


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42670 W
1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Course Description

With the Islamic Revolution in Iran in the late 1970s, important changes occurred in Iran. These changes were further escalated by the Iran-Iraq war and the relations between Iran and other countries in the world. Given that Persian literature in the 20th century has been generally very topical, addressing current social, political, economic, and cultural issues, the revolution and the war have brought about changes in Persian arts in general and Persian literature in particular. A much greater number of novels, short story collections, and poems have been published in the past decade than ever before, which deal with such important questions as national identity, new roles of men and women in the society, modernization, relations with the West and education, among others. The purpose of this course is to examine Iranian society in the post-Revolutionary period through the eyes of its literary artists and their work.

Grading Policy

Class presentations, active participation in class discussions, 2 papers. Papers, 60%; class presentation and participation, 40%.


All materials will be made available in xerox form or on reserve in the library.


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