Forugh Farrokhzad, Poet of Modern Iran: Exploring her Life and Works

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The pioneering Iranian poet and filmmaker Forugh Farrokhzad was an iconic figure in her own day and has come to represent the spirit of revolt against patriarchal and cultural norms in 1960s Iran. Four decades after her tragic death at the age of 32, Forugh Farrokhzad, Poet of Modern Iran brings her ground-breaking work into new focus.

During her lifetime Farrokhzad embodied the vexed predicament of the contemporary Iranian woman, at once subjected to long-held traditional ...

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Forugh Farrokhzad, Poet of Modern Iran: Iconic Woman and Feminine Pioneer of New Persian Poetry

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Overview

The pioneering Iranian poet and filmmaker Forugh Farrokhzad was an iconic figure in her own day and has come to represent the spirit of revolt against patriarchal and cultural norms in 1960s Iran. Four decades after her tragic death at the age of 32, Forugh Farrokhzad, Poet of Modern Iran brings her ground-breaking work into new focus.

During her lifetime Farrokhzad embodied the vexed predicament of the contemporary Iranian woman, at once subjected to long-held traditional practices and influenced by newly introduced modern social sensibilities. Highlighting her literary and cinematic innovation, this volume examines the unique place Farrokhzad occupies in Iran, both among modern Persian poets in general and as an Iranian woman writer in particular. The authors also explore Farrokhzad's appeal outside Iran in the Iranian diasporic imagination and through the numerous translations of her poetry into English. It is a fitting and authoritative tribute to the work of a remarkable woman which will introduce and explain her legacy for a 21st-century audience.

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"The epitome of what the Islamic Republic wanted to eradicate, Farrokhzad is now the Iranian equivalent of a rock star." -- Washington Post

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848851566
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/21/2010
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dominic Parviz Brookshaw is a Lecturer in Persian Studies and Iranian Literature at the University of Manchester. He has also held positions at McGill University, Canada, and the University of Oxford.  His other publications include Hafiz and his Contemporaries: A Study of Fourteenth-century Persian Love Poetry (Tauris Academic Studies) and, with Seena B. Fazel, he edited The Baha'is of Iran: Socio-historical Studies.

Nasrin Rahimieh is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. Her previous publications include Missing Persians: Discovering Voices in Iranian Cultural Heritage and Oriental Responses to the West: Comparative Essays in Select Writers from the Muslim World.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• Of the Sins of Forugh Farrokhzad
• Men and Women Together: Love, Marriage, and Gender in Forugh Farrokhzad’s Asir
• Places of Confinement, Liberation, and Decay: The Home and the Garden in the Poetry of Forugh Farrokhzad
• Forugh Farrokhzad’s Romance with Her Muse
• Bewildered Mirror: Mirror, Self, and World in the Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad
• Personal Rebellion and Social Revolt in the Works of Forugh Farrokhzad
• Garden in Motion
• Forugh Farrokhzad’s Apocalyptic Visions
• Capturing the Abject of the Nation in The House is Black
• The House is Black: A Timeless Visual Essay
• Forugh Farrokhzad as Translator of Modern German Poetry: observations about the anthology, Marg-e man ruzi
• Alien Rebirths of ‘Another Birth’
• Re-Writing Forugh: Writers, Intellectuals, Artists, and Forugh Farrokhzad’s Legacy in the Iranian Diaspora

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