MES 324K • IRANIAN LITERATURE IN EXILE
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Since 1979, when the Islamic Revolution occurred in Iran, a number of Iranian writers have migrated to various other countries. Their work in exile is now recognized as an important chapter in Persian literary history. The new environments, mostly in Europe and the United States, have influenced the subject matter, world view, style, and language of these authors, some of whom also write in languages other than Persian. After a survey of other Persian literary writings in exile prior to the 1979 revolution, the course focuses on the works of the leading Iranian literary figures who have lived and written in exile in the recent decades.
Reports, presentation and class participation, 30%; two analytical papers, 70%.
Taghi Modarressi, The Book of Absent People and The Pilgrims Rules of Etiquette; Nahid Rachlin, The Foreigner, Veils, Married to a Stranger and The Hearts Desire; Bahman Sholevar, The Nights Journey and The Coming of the Messiah; Manucher Parvin, Cry for My Revolution, Iran; Majid Amini, The Sunset Drifters, The Howling Leopard, and Dreams of a Native Son. All materials are in English