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The Alireza Ahmadian Lectures in Iranian and Persianate Studies Present: Literature Against Propaganda: Counter Discourse and Symbolic Resistance in Iran-Iraq War Fiction
Studies on Iran-Iraq war literature tend to focus on those works which represent the war propaganda of the Islamic regime, known as the ‘literature of the sacred defence’ (adabiyyāt-e defā’-e moqaddas). However, this talk will focus on those stories that offer a different image and provide a space for a critical understanding of the war by challenging the cultural and aesthetic codes of the Sacred Defence literature. This study will use the premises of critical semiotics and discourse analysis theory to examine the extent to which the ideological statements embedded in the Sacred Defence literature are either reproduced or challenged by these literary works. This talk will focus on the first decade of the Islamic revolution (the 80s) when the Sacred Defence discourse was in its most hegemonic stage, and the war was still going on. I will examine works from independent writers who tried to give voice to suppressed or marginalised discourses and social groups, works from Javād Mojābi, Mansur Kushān, Amir Hossein Cheheltan, Qāzi Rabihāvi and Taqi Modarresi.

The lecture will be presented in English.

Guest Speaker:
Salour Malayeri, PhD in Modern Languages, The University of St. Andrews

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Apr 24, 2021 04:00 PM in Vancouver

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