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A Revolution in Rhyme: Poetic Co-option under the Islamic Republic

Fatemeh Shams


A Revolution in Rhyme: Poetic Co-option under the Islamic Republic offers, for the first time, an original, timely examination of the pivotal role poetry plays in policy, power and political legitimacy in modern-day Iran. Through a compelling chronological and thematic framework, Shams presents fresh insights into the emerging lexicon of coercion and unrest in the modern Persian canon. Analysis of the lives and work of ten key poets traces the evolution of the Islamic Republic, from the 1979 Revolution, through to the Iran-Iraq War, the death of a leader and the rise of internal conflicts. Anc ... More

Keywords: Literary Canonization, 1979 Revolution, Islamic Republican Poets, Official Literature, censorship, Cultural Revolution, Rural Life, Poverty, Militant Poetics, Iran-Iraq War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198858829
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198858829.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fatemeh Shams, author
Assistant Professor of Modern Persian Literature, University of Pennsylvania