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Postgraduate Course: Modern Iranian Society via Modern Iranian Literature (IMES11051)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaIslamic and Middle Eastern Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionIn this course we will study modern Iranian culture and history through the works of some of the key authors of modern Persian literature in English translation. The course does not require prior knowledge of Iran or Persian literature. The course will cover the period from the early twentieth century down to the present. It will provide students with an opportunity to develop an understanding of modern Iran through short stories, novels, poems and graphic novels. Through these various forms of literary works, we will examine some of the key historical events as well as social challenges that Iran has experienced, including modernity, westernisation, revolution, war and the role of women. This course is jointly taught with undergraduate students.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 18/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Assessment Methods
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The main objectives of this course will be the assessment of the works of several Iranian writers of the twentieth century (three men and one woman), their careers and the style and substance of their literary contributions in light of trends and events in contemporary Iranian society. In the process we will evaluate other approaches to this material utilised to date. The course aims also to develop further students┐ abilities to do secondary-source research and to present oral and written work clearly and effectively while also honing their analytical skills analytical skills and improving their interactive capacities.
Assessment Information
3000 word main essay (65%);
1500 word minor assignment (25%);
Class presentation/participation (10%)
Special Arrangements
PG Version
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list 1. Likely Required Readings (all works to be made available via Virtual Learning Environment except as noted)

a) Works of Sadeq Hedayat (d. 1951)

Short Stories:
Dash Akol
The Dead End
Three Drops of Blood
The Stray Dog
The Woman Who Lost Her Man

The Blind Owl

b) Works of Samad-e Behrangi (d. 1968)

Short Stories:

The Bald Pigeon Keeper┐
The Old Woman and Her Golden Chicken┐
The Little Sugar-Beet Vemdor┐
24 Restless Hours┐
The Little Black Fish┐

c) Works of Jalal Al-e Ahmad (d. 1969)

Short Stories:
The Unwanted Woman┐
Seh Tar┐

The School Principal
Nun and the Pen

Autobiographical Wortk:
Lost in a Crowd

Social Criticism:

d) Works of Simin Daneshvar

Short Stories:
Jalal's SunsetAuthor(s): Simin Daneshvar, Farzaneh Milani, Jo-Anne HartSource: Iranian Studies, Vol. 19, No. 1 (Winter, 1986), pp. 47-63.

Daneshvar┐s playhouse : a collection of stories (Washington, D.C : Mage Publishers, 1989) ML
A Persian requiem : a novel (London : Peter Halban, 1991) ML
Or, Savushun : a novel about modern Iran (Washington, D.C : Mage Publishers, c1990) ML
Sutra & other stories (Washington, D.C. : Mage Publishers, 1994) ML

2. Supplemental Bibliography

M. Boroujerdi, Iranian Intellectuals and the West, the Tormented Triumph of Nativism (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1996). ML

D. P. Brookshaw, ┐Revivification of an Ossified Genre? Simin Behbahani and the Persian Ghazal', Iranian Studies,41/1 (2002) ,75 ┐ 90.

M. Cisco, 'Eternal Recurrence in The Blind Owl', Iranian Studies, 43/4(2010) 471 ┐ 488 .

J. Clinton, ┐A Bibliography of Modern Persian Literature in English Translation┐, Iranian Studies, 19/3-4 (1986), 327-346.

H. Dabashi, Theology of discontent : the ideological foundations of the Islamic Revolution in Iran (New York: New York University Press, 1993), Chapter 1 on Al-e Ahmad.

M. R. Ghanoonparvar, In a Persian mirror : images of the West and Westerners in Iranian fiction (Austin, University of Texas Press, 1993). ML

M. R. Ghanoonparvar, Prophets of doom : literature as a socio-political phenomenon in modern Iran (Lanham, MD : University Press of America, c1984). ML

M. R. Ghanoonparvar, Reading Chubak (Costa Mesa: Mazda, 2005). ML

M. R. Ghanoonparvar,┐The Storyteller's Canvas: The Life and Fiction of Simin Behbahani┐, Iranian Studies, 41/1 (2008), 37-45

B. Hanson, ┐The ┐Westoxication┐ of Iran: Depictions and Reactions of Behrangi, Al-e Ahmad and Shariati┐, International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 15/1 (1983), 1-23. (Web CT)

M. Hillmann, ed., Hedayat's 'The Blind Owl' Forty Years After (Austin: University of Texas, 1978). ML

M. Hillmann, ┐The Modernist Trend in Persian Literature and Its Social Impact┐ Iranian Studies, 15/1 (1982), pp. 7-29.

M. Kamrava, Iran┐s Intellectual Revolution, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. ML

H. Kamshad, Modern Persian Prose Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1966). ML

M.M. Khorrami, ed., and transl., Another sea, another shore : Persian stories of migration (Northampton, Mass. : Interlink, 2004). ML

M.M. Khorrami, ed., and transl., A world between : poems, short stories, and essays by Iranian-Americans (New York : George Braziller, 1999). ML

M.M. Khorrami, et al., eds and transl., A feast in the mirror : stories by contemporary Iranian women (Boulder, Colo: Lynne Reinner, 2000). ML

M.M. Khorrami, Modern reflections of classical traditions in Persian fiction (Lewiston, Lampeter : Edwin Mellen Press, 2003). ML

F. Lewis, et al., ed and transl., In a voice of their own : a collection of stories by Iranian women written since the Revolution of 1979 (Costa Mesa: Mazda, 1996). ML

H. Moayyad, ed., Stories from Iran, a Chicago Anthology, 1921-1991 (Washington DC: Mage Publishers, 1991) ML

F. Milani, ┐Power, Prudence and Print: Censorship and Simin Danashvar┐, Iranian Studies, Vol. 18, No. 2/4, Sociology of the Iranian Writer (Spring - Autumn, 1985), pp. 325-347

A. Pistor-Hatam, ┐Writing Back? Jalal Al-e Ahmad's (1923-69) Reflections on Selected Periods of Iranian History┐, Iranian Studies, 40/5 (2007), 559 ┐ 578. (Web CT)

T. Ricks, ed., Critical perspectives on modern Persian literature, (Washington, D.C. : Three Continents Press, c1984). ML

M. Southgate, tr., Modern Persian Short Stories (Washington, DC: Three Continents Press, 1980). ML

K. Talattof, ┐Iranian Women's Literature: From Pre-Revolutionary Social Discourse to Post-Revolutionary Feminism┐, IJMES, 29/4 (1997), 531-558.

K. Talatoof, 'I Will Rebuild You, Oh My Homeland': Simin Behbahani's Work and Sociopolitical Discourse┐, Iranian Studies, 41/I (2008), 19-36.

Special Issues of Iranian Studies:
Vol. 18, No. 2/4, Sociology of the Iranian Writer (Spring - Autumn, 1985)
Vol. 30, No. 3/4, Selections from the Literature of Iran, 1977-1997 (Summer - Autumn, 1997),

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Course organiserDr Andrew Newman
Tel: (0131 6)50 4178
Course secretaryMrs Linda Grieve
Tel: (0131 6)50 4114
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