The Persian Novel

Ideology, Fiction and Form in the Periphery


Many of the world’s greatest novels have been translated into Persian. The Persian novel tradition also claims its masters, but there is no significant trace of Persian novels in the international literary market or critical discussions – no Iranian novelist has ever been awarded a significant literary prize and, except in orientalist communities, Iranian novelists are almost completely unknown in the outside world. Any anthology of World Literature gives evidence of this: despite novels being published for more than a century, it is still classical literature that represents Iran. What delays the globalization of Persian novels? Is the problem textual and the quality of the works or is it extra-textual and the fault of the networks that play a part in the globalization of a novel tradition? As a partial response to these problems, the present study deals with questions about the novel in the Persian literary system, the literary discourse in the Iranian cultural context and modern Persian literature on the global scene.

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Omid Azadibougar is a Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the University of Göttingen. He holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and Theory from the University of Leuven and has previously lectured in Literature and Translation at the City University of Hong Kong.
Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter One: Epistemology, Ideology and Fictional Forms Chapter Two: Examples and Extensions Chapter Three: Literary Authenticity Chapter Four: Critical Adequation Chapter Five: Literary Canonization Chapter Six: The Serious Century and Hedayat’s Grim Laughter Chapter Seven: The History of the Novel in Persian Chapter Eight: The Other Serious Century: Pirzad’s Social World Conclusion Bibliography Index
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