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Forugh Farrokhzad, Poet of Modern Iran: Iconic Woman and Feminine Pioneer of New Persian Poetry

Forugh Farrokhzad, Poet of Modern Iran: Iconic Woman and Feminine Pioneer of New Persian Poetry

Edited by: Dominic Parviz Brookshaw, Nasrin Rahimieh

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The pioneering Iranian poet and filmmaker Forugh Farrokhzad was an iconic figure in her own day and has come to represent the spirit of revolt against patriarchal and cultural norms in 1960s Iran. Four decades after her tragic death at the age of 32, "Forugh Farrokhzad, Poet of Modern Iran" brings her ground-breaking work into new focus. During her lifetime Farrokhzad embodied the vexed predicament of the contemporary Iranian woman, at once subjected to long-held traditional practices and influenced by newly introduced modern social sensibilities. Highlighting her literary and cinematic innovation, this volume examines the unique place Farrokhzad occupies in Iran, both among modern Persian poets in general and as an Iranian woman writer in particular. The authors also explore Farrokhzad's appeal outside Iran in the Iranian diasporic imagination and through the numerous translations of her poetry into English. It is a fitting and authoritative tribute to the work of a remarkable woman which will introduce and explain her legacy for a 21st-century audience.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction – Dominic Parviz Brookshaw and Nasrin Rahimieh
  2. "Of the Sins of Forugh Farrokhzad" – Homa Katouzian
  3. "Men and Women Together: Love, Marriage, and Gender in Forugh Farrokhzad’s Asir" – Marta Simidchieva
  4. "Places of Confinement, Liberation, and Decay: The Home and the Garden in the Poetry of Forugh Farrokhzad" – Dominic Parviz Brookshaw 
  5. "Forugh Farrokhzad’s Romance with Her Muse" – Rivanne Sandler
  6. "Bewildered Mirror: Mirror, Self, and World in the Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad" – Leila Rahimi
  7. "Personal Rebellion and Social Revolt in the Works of Forugh Farrokhzad" – Kamran Talattof
  8. "Garden in Motion" – Michael Beard
  9. "Forugh Farrokhzad’s Apocalyptic Visions" – Sirous Shamisa
  10. “Capturing the Abject of the Nation in The House is Black" – Nasrin Rahimieh
  11. "The House is Black: A Timeless Visual Essay – Maryam Ghorbankarimi
  12. "Forugh Farrokhzad as Translator of Modern German Poetry: observations about the anthology, Marg-e man ruzi" – Nima Mina
  13. "Alien Rebirths of 'Another Birth'" – M. R. Ghanoonparvar
  14. "Re-Writing Forugh: Writers, Intellectuals, Artists, and Forugh Farrokhzad’s Legacy in the Iranian Diaspora" – Persis M. Karim

Author Info

Dominic Parviz Brookshaw is a Lecturer in Persian Studies and Iranian Literature at the University of Manchester. He has also held positions at McGill University, Canada, and the University of Oxford. His other publications include 'Hafiz and his Contemporaries: A Study of Fourteenth-century Persian Love Poetry' (Tauris Academic Studies) and, with Seena B. Fazel, he edited 'The Baha'is of Iran: Socio-historical Studies'. Nasrin Rahimieh is Maseeh Chair and Director of the Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture and Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine.


The epitome of what the Islamic Republic wanted to eradicate, Farrokhzad is now the Iranian equivalent of a rock star.
– Washington Post

Forugh Farrokhzad, Poet of Modern Iran sets in every way a new milestone in the study and understanding of this extraordinary poet. This volume is now clearly the single most important critical study of Farrokhzad in English, and can be warmly recommended to anyone with an interest in Persian poetry, intellectual history of Iran, and Iranian women.
– Franklin Lewis, Associate Professor of Persian, University of Chicago

Nearly half a century after her death, neither a biography nor a critical study of her poems has appeared. In the light of this situation, everyone who has read Farrokhzad or read about her will welcome the proposed volume.
– Michael C. Hillman, Professor of Persian, University of Texas, Austin

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: International Library of Iranian Studies

ISBN: 9781848851566
Publication Date: 30 Nov 2010
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: 16 integrated bw illustrations

ISBN: 9781848851559
Publication Date: 30 Nov 2010
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: 16 integrated bw illustrations

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