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

Fall 2008


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42563 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM

Course Description

How have Iranians viewed the West and Westerners? What are the reasons behind the particular positive or negative reactions of Iranians to the West? Can we explain the extreme anti-Western actions and reactions of Iranians with regard to the West over the past decades? What are at the roots of the intercultural discord evident in the relations between Iran and the West? How have the views of Iranian writers changed (or remained constant) over time? All these questions and more will be addressed in this course that focuses on ways that the West and Westerners have been presented in Persian literature. Although to a great extent the lectures and discussions concentrate on twentieth-century and contemporary literature, attention will also be given to pre-modern periods. The images of the West and Westerners will be traced in the context of the social and political changes in Iran as well as its relations with Western powers.

Grading Policy

Two papers, 60%; weekly reports, 20%; class participation, 20%.


M. R. Ghanoonparvar, In a Persian Mirror; Simin Daneshvar, Savushun; Jalal Al-e Ahmad, Plagued by the West; and works by other writers in English translation available in photocopies.


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