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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
42645 M
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
GAR 1.134

Course Description

This course consists of a close reading of the original Persian text of Iran's most famous, controversial, and problematic piece of prose fiction in history, the short novel called Buf-e Kur (The Blind Owl 1937, 1941) by Sâdeq Hedâyat (1903-1951). Class discussion focuses on language issues in the text and appreciation of the text as a cultural document. Topics for discussion include: Sâdeq Hedâyats life from 1903 to 1937, characterization of the prose of The Blind Owl, The Blind Owl as an Iranian book, The Blind Owl as an autobiographical nightmare, The Blind Owl as a modernist fiction, and The Blind Owl as sui generis lyric narrative.

Grading Policy

Undergrad: Write a critical term paper addressing a language or cultural issue in The Blind Owl. Class participation (40%) and completion of a term paper (60%). Graduate: Write a research paper reviewing published research on a specific Blind Owl issue or topic and adding their views to the discourse on the topic. Class participation (40%) and completion of a term paper (60%).


(1) copy of pre-1979 Tehran edition of The Blind Owl, (2) fascimile edition of 1937 Bombay printing, (3) Hillmann's Sâdeq Hedâyats The Blind Owl as Narrative, (4) packet of handouts, consisting of Hedâyat chronology, Blind Owl bibliography, & reading lessons treating specific parts of the novella. Graduate students will also read: selections from the Blind Owl bibliography


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