Recasting Persian Poetry: Scenarios of Poetic Modernity in Iran

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University of Utah Press, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 335 pages
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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 maneuvers 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 esthetic 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.

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Contents

A Rhetoric of Subversion
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Poetic Signs and Their Spheres
61
An Open Literary Culture
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Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak is associate professor of Persian language and literature and Iranian culture and civilization at the University of Washington.

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