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The Alireza Ahmadian Lectures in Iranian and Persianate Studies Present: Intertextuality or Plagiarism? Sadeq Hedayat’s The Blind Owl from a Cognitive Poetics Lens
Abstract:
In this presentation, using "The Blind Owl" as a point of reference, and drawing on notions and theories in Cognitive Poetics, I will attempt to differentiate plagiarism from intertextuality, while also briefly pointing out the intertextual relations between The Blind Owl and a good number of other texts, including William Shakespeare’s "Hamlet" (1602); "Gérard de Nerval’s Aurélia" (1855); Rainer Maria Rilke’s "Malte Laurids Brigge’s Notebooks" (1910); Stellan Rye & Paul Wegener’s "The Student of Prague" (1913); Wyndham Lewis’s "Tarr" (1918); Franz Hellens’s "Mélusine, Ou, La Robe De Saphir" (1920); Robert Wiene’s "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" (1920); Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s "Nosferatu" (1922); André Breton’s "Nadja" (1928); William Faulkner’s "The Sound and the Fury" (1929); Jean Cocteau’s "The Blood of a Poet" (1930); Virginia Woolf’s "The Waves" (1931), etc. In its intertextual connections with these and other texts, "The Blind Owl" enters into a dialogue with them in order to project an innovative world—a world which would remain partly undiscovered were we not to familiarize ourselves with these intertexts.

Guest Speaker:
Leila Sadeghi, PhD in Linguistics, University of Tehran

Leila Sadeghi is an Iranian postmodernist poet and fiction writer. Holding a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Tehran, Sadeghi has published numerous articles on language and literature in Persian and English.

Apr 10, 2021 11:30 AM in Vancouver

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