Saeedeh Shahnahpour is a guest researcher at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.
- 2016, PhD, Persian Studies, Leiden University, the Netherlands
- 2011, MA, Persian Studies, Leiden University, the Netherlands
- 2008, MA, Persian Language and Literature, Islamic Azad University, Tehran
- 2006, BA, Persian Language and Literature, Islamic Azad University, Tehran
My research often focuses on Persian literature of twentieth century, and the political, social, cultural, and religious transformations through which literary discourse developed. I often examine and analyze literary texts – both poetry and prose – by engaging with literary theories to develop a method through which Persian culture can be read from a deeper and broader perspective. In my research and teaching, I aim to introduce new and instrumental methods of analyzing literature to broad cultural backgrounds, making my analytical approach innovative in my field.
My doctoral thesis analyzes Esmāʻil Fasih’s war novel, The Winter of 1983 (Zemestān-e 62, 1985) from a narratological standpoint to illuminate how this novel differ from other Iranian wartime novels, since it explores numerous themes and perspectives on the Iran-Iraq war not explored by the war novels of this period. Whereas many wartime novels describe the active role of the working class in participating in the war, The Winter of 1983 chiefly portrays the upper class’s role, and especially their outlook on the war. In addition, Fasih’s war novel exposes the war the Iranian cities end up in ruins due to the war, an oft-neglected aspect of the war. This dissertation also considers how The Winter of 1983 might be differently categorized, as a novel with a moderate or neutral outlook on the war, the central reason being that the novel features both positive and negative aspects of the war.
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