Recasting Persian Poetry: Scenarios of Poetic Modernity in Iran (Paperback)
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Recasting Persian Poetry: Scenarios of Poetic Modernity in Iran (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 30/11/2012
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Using a semiotic model of poetic change, Recasting Persian Poetry presents a critical history of the evolution of Persian poetry in modern Iran. Iran's contact with Europe in the nineteenth century produced largely imaginary ideas about European culture and literature. In a series of textual manoeuvres and cultural contestations, successive generations of Iranian intellectuals sought to recast the classical tradition in a mold at once modern and relevant to their concerns. In particular, Karimi proposes a revision of the view that sets the Modernist poet Nima Yushij as the single-handed inventor of 'New Poetry'. This view, he argues, has resulted in an exaggerated sense of the aesthetic gulf between the modernist poetry of Iran and classical Persian poetry. Through a number of close readings of works by Nima's predecessors, Karimi makes visible a century-old Persian poetic tradition with Nima as its culmination.

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781780742496
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A splendid work of scholarship, expertly envisioned and magisterially organized. Karimi's argument is clear, and compelling, and very important. - David Bevington An exciting and innovative work of literary theory and scholarship that is bound to exert a formative influence on the next generation of Middle Eastern literary studies. - Suzanne P. Stetkevych A substantial and original contribution to our understanding of modern Persian poetry....It breaks new ground in every chapter. - Jerome Clinton

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