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Islamic Republic and the Revival of Occasional Poetry

Literature, particularly poetry, is central to everyday life and politics in Iran. The relationship between Persian poetic discourse and power has been pivotal in the development of Iran’s socio-political  structure and national identity. No government, however, has been as conscious of this crucial  dynamic as the Islamic Republic theocracy that evolved out of the revolution of 1979. Throughout the revolution, and the Iran-Iraq War that followed, the poetic form was deployed to mobilize the nation and reinforce the ideological state apparatus. By delving deeper into the origins and consequences of this relationship, this talk introduces a new canon of poetry that rose to prominence after the  establishment of the Islamic Republic as well as the politics of this literary re-canonization in the past four decades. RSVP by 4/2 to iran@princeton.edu


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