ASIA 360A: Modern Iran through Literature and the Arts

Winter 2018

ASIA360A A Specific Asian Literature in Translation - SP ASIAN LIT TRN Sections

Introduction to the literature of a linguistic area of Asia not covered in existing courses. Not given every year. Consult the Department for details. May be taken multiple times on different subjects for credit.

More than ever before, Iran is in the media these days mostly for political reasons. If you are eager to learn more about Iran and Iranians, beyond one-dimensional political perspectives and through a variety of outlooks, including Iranian culture, literature, film, and the arts, then this is the course. The course has no prerequisites; the students will have the opportunity to read specimens of important literary works from modern Iranian authors (in English translation); watch and discuss some award-winning Iranian films from the pre- and post-revolutionary eras (with English subtitles); read a world-renowned Iranian graphic novel in English; get to know the works of an iconic Iranian cartoonist; meet a critically acclaimed Iranian postmodernist~ nist fiction writer as well as a world-renowned Iranian musician on Skype; listen to and understand the grammar of classical Persian music as an ever-present cultural icon in modern Iran; and learn to collectively sing a famous tasnif (Iranian song) by the end of the semester all framed within a working knowledge of modern Iranian history. By the end of this course, you can expect to gain an unprecedented intimate knowledge of Iran and Iranians, through their literature, culture, and the arts.

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