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Recasting American and Persian Literatures

Local Histories and Formative Geographies from Moby-Dick to Missing Soluch

Recasting American and Persian Literatures by Amirhossein Vafa
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Reading literary and cinematic events between and beyond American and Persian literatures, this book questions the dominant geography of the East-West divide, which charts the global circulation of texts as World Literature. Beyond the limits of national literary historiography, and neocolonial cartography of world literary discourse, the minor character Parsee Fedallah in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick (1851) is a messenger who travels from the margins of the American literature canon to his Persian literary counterparts in contemporary Iranian fiction and film, above all, the rural woman Mergan in Mahmoud Dowlatabadi’s novel Missing Soluch (1980). In contention with Eurocentric treatments of world literatures, and in recognition of efforts to recast the worldliness of American and Persian literatures, this book maintains that aesthetic properties are embedded in their local histories and formative geographies. 

Springer International Publishing; December 2016
214 pages; ISBN 9783319404691
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Title: Recasting American and Persian Literatures
Author: Amirhossein Vafa
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