Modern Persian Literature in Afghanistan
Anomalous Visions of History and Form
By (author) Wali Ahmadi
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Modern Persian Literature in Afghanistan by Wali Ahmadi
Book DescriptionWith the unleashing of the "War on Terror" in the aftermath of 9/11, Afghanistan has become prominent in the news. However, we need to appreciate that no substantive understanding of contemporary history, politics and society of this country can be achieved without a thorough analysis of the Afghan encounter with cultural and literary modernity and modernization. Modern Persian Literature in Afghanistan does just that. The book offers a balanced and interdisciplinary analysis of the rich and admirable contemporary poetry and fiction of a land long tormented by wars and invasions. It sets out to demonstrate that, within the trajectory of the union between modern aesthetic imagination and politics, creativity and production, and representation and history, the modernist intervention enabled many contemporary poets and writers of fiction to resist the overt politicization of the literary field, without evading politics or disavowing the modern state. The interpretative moves and nuanced readings of a series of literary texts make this book a major contribution to a rather neglected area of research and study. Winner of the Iranian World Prize for Book of the Year in Islamics Studies 2009
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415437783
(234mm x 156mm x 13mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 10-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Wali Ahmadi
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This title charts the development of Afghan literature in the modern era, covering both poetry and prose, and relating it to social, economic and political change in that country.
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Author Biography - Wali Ahmadi
Wali Ahmadi is Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, USA.
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