Elaheh Karimi Riabi – Literary studies in Iran: history, concepts and institutions

Guest lecture: Dr. Elaheh Karimi Riabi (Asst. Prof. at the University of Tehran, NSP scholarship holder at Slovak Academy of Science)

4 October 2023 (Wednesday) at 14:00 CET
Institute of World Literature SAS + online

Literary studies in Iran have a rich and diverse history that spans a millennium, reflecting the country’s cultural heritage, linguistic complexity, and significant contributions to literature. Literature in Iran encompasses a vast and diverse range of literary works from ancient epics to modern novels. Classical Persian literature flourished during the Islamic Golden Age, particularly during the Abbasid Caliphate. Prominent figures like Rumi, Omar Khayyam, and Hafez contributed significantly to Persian literature during this period. Persian literature also absorbed influences from other cultures, including Arabic, Turkish, and Indian, which enriched its literary heritage. Iranian literature continues to thrive and evolve, making an impact on the global literary scene. It often reflects the complexities of modern life and addresses identity and socio-political issues.

The late 19th and early 20th century saw the emergence of new literary critics in Iran. These critics had a few common themes: realism, patriotism, protest and simplicity of language. They saw Iran’s problems as a result of the loss of moral values and their attacks were often graphic and vitriolic. In this way modern critics followed the classical tradition of slandering the rivals.

The second half of the 20th century witnessed two historical events that shaped the humanities in Iran in general: the Cold War under the Pahlavi regime and the Cultural Revolution after the Islamic Revolution. In the following period comparative literature in Iran started developing rapidly. Especially in the past few years Iranian comparative literature scholars have redefined the discipline. The use of various philosophical and literary theories is a common occurrence in the current academic writing in Iran.

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