Through several groundbreaking critical articles on the question of poetic modernity in Persian new verse, this book focuses on the life and works of Nima Yushij (1887-1960), a major modernist Iranian poet. The articles situate Nima’s life firmly within the context of early 20th century Iranian history. They are framed by a brief introduction in which the various contributions are related to each other and to various trends in poetic modernism in the Persian language, and a bibliography that lists all of Nima's works and the major studies of his life and work, both in Persian and in various Western languages. The book fills a gap in the history of Persian literature that has long endured due to the resistance of such a tradition-bound culture to the modernization of its poetry.
Essays on Nima Yushij
Alexander E. Elinson, City University of New York
Through an examination of a variety of literary genres composed in Arabic and Hebrew, this book examines the literary definition of al-Andalus by taking into account the role of memory, language, and literary convention in analyses of texts composed following cultural and political challenges to ...
Mark S. Wagner, Louisiana State University
This book traces the evolution of an Arabic poetic form called “Humayni poetry.” The book addresses the connections between the Humayni poetry of Yemen and the sacred poetry of Jews from Yemen, a hitherto-neglected chapter in the history of Arabic and Jewish literatures.
Nadia G. Yaqub
Offering an analysis of oral poetry dueling performed at traditional Palestinian weddings this book addresses poetry dueling as a performative and compositional device, and explores the complex linkages between this tradition and other genres of Arabic poetry.
Tomas Hägg and Bo Utas
This publication and discussion of the fragments of the Greek novel of Mētiokhos and Parthenopē and the Persian epic poem based on it, ʿUnṣurī’s Vāmiq and ʿAdhrā, adds a new work to the corpus of ancient novels and sheds new light on Persian epic poetry.
Hussein N. Kadhim
This volume deals with the Arab literary response to European colonialism as articulated in the works of four leading twentieth-century poets: Aḥmad Shawqī, Maʿrūf al-Ruṣāfī, Badr Shākir al-Sayyāb and ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Bayātī.
Robert C. McKinney
This book examines the life and times and poetry of the extremely prolific and versatile ‘Abbāsid poet Ibn al-Rūmī (d. 283/896). Particular attention is devoted to tracing the influences in his distinctive poetic style and themes.
Ali Asghar Seyed-Gohrab
This book proposes a set of criteria for determining the extent to which oral tradition influences written Persian epics. The criteria are applied to Persian epics, the Shâh-nâme (c. 1000) and the Garshâsp-nâme (c. 1064-66).
Akiko Motoyoshi Sumi
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