Parvin Etesami in the Literary and Religious Context of Twentieth-Century Iran
Title
Parvin Etesami in the Literary and Religious Context of Twentieth-Century Iran
Subtitle
A Female Poet’s Challenge to Patriarchy
Price
€ 117,00
ISBN
9789087284121
Format
Hardback
Number of pages
262
Language
English
Publication date
Dimensions
15.6 x 23.4 cm
Table of Contents
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Introduction
1. The Conundrum of Parv.n I.ti..m.’s Authorship
2. Mun..ara: Parv.n’s Mirror of Transgressive Innovations
3. Parv.n’s Socio-political Engagement
4. Parv.n I.ti..m.’s Reception: From Patronisation to School Curricula
5. Parv.n I.ti..m.’s Poetry in Service of Contemporary Politics
Epilogue
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography

Zhinia Noorian

Parvin Etesami in the Literary and Religious Context of Twentieth-Century Iran

A Female Poet’s Challenge to Patriarchy

Parvin E’tesami (1907-1941) is among the few Persian female poets, who has gained nationwide popularity, while her authorship was disbelieved. She is celebrated in a plethora of publications every year in Iran and beyond. E’tesami is the only female poet who has remained part of the daily lives of people in her society for about a century. Her poetry appears in school curricula both before and after the Revolution of 1979. People use her poetry on social media, particularly in critical times. It is also used in public speeches by Ali Khamenei (r. 1989-present) the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic. This book engages with E’tesami in the transformational context of the early twentieth century in Iran to investigate the controversies around her identity as a popular female poet. It demonstrates that the reason for E’tesami’s paradoxical popularity was not merely her gender, but the transgression of patriarchal Iranian-Muslim gender norms.
Author

Zhinia Noorian

Zhinia Noorian received her PhD in Persian and Iranian Studies from Utrecht University in 2023. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher for the ERC Advanced Grant, 'Beyond Sharia: The Role of Sufism in shaping Islam', in the department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Utrecht University.
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