Losing Our Minds, Coming to Our Senses
Losing Our Minds, Coming to Our Senses
Sensory Readings of Persian Literature and Culture
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Introduction: Minds/Senses (Michael Beard)
1. Transcending the Written Text: From Dava’i’s Sensescapes to Sensorial Promiscuities in a Hafezian Banquet (M. Mehdi Khorrami)
2. Beyond Senses: Rumi’s Mystical Philosophy of Sense Perceptions (Ali-Asghar Seyed-Gohrab)
3. Ta‘ziyeh and Social Jouissance: ‘Beyond the Pleasure’ of Pain in Islamic Passion Play and Muharram Ceremonies (Sheida Dayani)
4. Seeing Red, Hearing the Revolution: The Multi-Sensory Appeal of Shuresh Neda Bolourchi
5. Radical Openness in Forugh Farrokhzad’s The House is Black Shabnam Piryaei
6. Feminine Sense Versus Common Sense in Two Persian Folktales from Iran: ‘A Girl’s Loyalty’ and ‘Seven Poplar Trees’ (Yass Alizadeh)
7. Sonic Triggers and Fiery Pools: The Senses at War in Hossein Mortezaeian Abkenar’s Scorpion (Amir Moosavi)
8. The Sensorium of Exile: The Case of Elyas Alavi and Gloria Anzaldúa (Fatemeh Shams)
9. Making Sense of the Senses: A Sensory Reading of Moniro Ravanipour’s These Crazy Nights (M. R. Ghanoonparvar)

Mehdi Khorrami, Amir Moosavi (eds)

Losing Our Minds, Coming to Our Senses

Sensory Readings of Persian Literature and Culture

By bringing sensory studies to the study of Persian literature and culture, Losing Our Minds, Coming to Our Senses: Sensory Readings of Persian Literature and Culture inaugurates a new chapter for Iranian and Persian studies. This volume offers a diverse set of readings across periods, genres and forms throughout Persian literary history, demonstrating the value of sensory studies as an approach to Persian cultural production, literary or otherwise. The book’s chapters conceptualize sensory aesthetics in the context of Persian literature and suggest ways in which sensory studies can be used to reimagine and enrich existing approaches to Persian literature. The volume sheds light on the scope of Persianate sensoria over the long, rich history of Persian letters. In doing so, it also offers a new model for a comparative approach to the study of Persian literary works through the larger field of sensory studies.

Mehdi Khorrami

M. Mehdi Khorrami is Professor Emeritus of Persian Studies at New York University. He is the author of a number of monographs, essays, and book chapters on the rhetorical and aesthetic dynamics of Persian modernist writing and contemporary Persian prison literature.

Amir Moosavi

Amir Moosavi is an assistant Professor in the Department of English at Rutgers University- Newark. His teaching, research and writing focus on modern Persian and Arabic literatures.