Recasting Persian Poetry

Scenarios of Poetic Modernity in Iran


About The Book

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.

About The Author

Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak is Professor of Persian Language, Literature and Culture, and Chair of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Maryland's School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. He was previously Professor of Persian Language and Literature and Iranian Culture and Civilization at the University of Washington.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (December 1, 2012)
  • Length: 352 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781780742496

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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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