Modern Persian (Iranian) Fiction

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  • Moh Ghanoonparvar (University of Texas at Austin)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

When the prominent Persian literary scholar P. N. Khanlari made a now often quoted statement in 1946 declaring the modern era of Persian literature as “the age of prose”, his words at that time appeared as a rather daring declaration, since by implication it also meant that the centuries-old tradition of verse as the established and dominant vehicle for literary expression had been overshadowed now by prose fiction. Today, however, although modern Persian poetry has developed into a mature literary kind, no one would deny the important place of prose fiction in the modern Persian literary canon.

Fiction in the form of short stories and novels as exists in the West is a relatively new art form in Persian literature, although …

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Ghanoonparvar, Moh. "Modern Persian (Iranian) Fiction". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 March 2012
[, accessed 26 September 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. Comparative Literature, Reception, Influences