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  1. Recommended Introductory Reading: 26 items
    1. Memoirs of the actor in a supporting role: a play - Bahrām Bayz̤āʼī, M. R. Ghanoonparvar 2010

      Book 

    2. Nation and narration - Homi K. Bhabha 1990

      Book  Available in the library and as an e-book.

    3. Taʻziyeh: ritual and drama in Iran - Peter J. Chelkowski 1979

      Book 

    4. The history of theater in Iran - Willem M. Floor 2005

      Book 

    5. Iranian drama: an anthology - M. R. Ghanoonparvar, John Green 1989

      Book 

    6. Persian Plays and the Iranian Theater

      Chapter  in Sherifa Zuhur (ed.) Colors of Enchantment: Theater, Dance, Music, and the Visual Arts of the Middle East. Available in the library and as an e-book.

    7. Translating the garden - M. R. Ghanoonparvar 2001

      Book 

    8. Kapuscinski, Gisele, Persian Theatre in the 1960s, (PhD thesis, Columbia University, 1982). PhD Thesis Columbia University. [Not in Library]

    9. Modern Persian Drama - Gisèle Kapuscinski

      Chapter  In: Persian literature, part IV, chapter 19.

    10. Modern Persian Drama - Gisele Kapuscinski

      Chapter  Chapter 19 in Persian Literature by Ehsan Yarshater

    11. Modern Persian drama: an anthology - Bahrām Bayz̤āʼī, Gisèle Kapuscinski, Ghulām Ḥusayn Sāʻidī, Abbās Naʻlbandiyān 1987

      Book 

    12. The Islamic drama =: Taʻziyah - Jamshīd Malikʹpūr 2004

      Book 

    13. Stories from the rains of love and death: four plays from Iran - Soheil Parsa, Bahrām Bayz̤āʼī, ʻAbbās Naʻlbandiyān, Mohammad Rahmanian 2008

      Book 

    14. Iran - Farrokh Gaffary, Arby Ovanessian, Laleh Taghian

      Chapter  in Rubin, Don (ed.) The World Encyclopaedia of Contemporary Theatre: Asia. Volume 5.

  2. Week 1: 24 items
    Past and Present: Standardization of Language, Mimicry and Belonging
    1. Core Reading 1 item
      1. Ja'far Khan is back from Europe: a play - Hasan Moqaddam 1984

        Book  In Persian with French translation. Introduction in English.

    2. Suggested Reading 4 items
      1. Modern Iran: roots and results of revolution - Nikki R. Keddie, Yann Richard, Nikki R. Keddie 2006

        Book  Read: Keddie, Nikki R., ‘4.Protest and Revolution: 1890-1914’ and ‘5. War and Reza Shah: 1914-1925’

      2. Sepehr, Kamran, Taatrkerasi dar Asr-e Mashrouteh: 1285-1304, [Theatrocracy in the Constitutional Period, 1906-1925], (Tehran: Niloufar, 1388/2009). PERSIAN

      3. Chapter Seven: A History of Iranian Drama (1850–1941) - Saeed Talajooy

        Chapter  in A.A. Seyyed Ghorab, Literature of the Early Twentieth Century: From the Constitutional Period to Reza Shah (History of Persian Literature)

      4. Chapter Six: Modern Theatre - Willem Floor

        Chapter  in The History of Theater in Iran

    3. Further Reading 18 items
      1. Adamiyat, Fereydoun, Andishe-ye Taraqqi va Hokoumat-e Qanoun [The Idea of Progress and the Rule of Law], (Tehran: Kharazmi, 1351/1972). PERSIAN

      2. Al-e Ahmad, Jalal, Weststruckness, tr. John Green & Ahmad Alizadeh, (Costa Mesa: Mazda Publishers, 1983). On order.

      3. Amjad, Hamid, Taatr-e Qarn-e Sizdahom [Iranian Theatre 1821-1921], (Tehran: Neila, 1378/1999). PERSIAN

      4. ------------------------(ed.), Hokkam-e Jadid, Hokkam Qadim: Seh Tyatr az Mo'aiyedol-mamalek Fekri, [Past Rulers, Present Rulers: Three Plays by Mo'aiyedolmamalek Fekri] (Tehran, Neila, 1379/2000). PERSIAN

      5. Ayoubi, Vahid (ed.), Hasan Moqaddam: Zendegi va Gozideh Asar [Hasan Moqaddam: Life and Works (Tehran: Nick, 1385/2006). PERSIAN

      6. A Full Arena: The Development and Meaning of Popular Performance Traditions in Iran - William Beeman

        Chapter  in Michael Bonine & Nikki Keddie (eds.), Modern Iran: The Dialectics of Continuity and Change

      7. Language, status, and power in Iran - William O. Beeman 1986

        Book 

      8. Of Mimicry and Man - Homi Bhabha

        Chapter  in The Location of Culture

      9. Jamalzadeh, Mohammad Ali, 'Farsi Shekar Ast' [Persian Is Sugar] in Yeki Boud, Yeki Naboud [Once upon a Time], (Tehran: Parvin, 1320/1941). (Original 1921)

      10. Hegemony, Intellectuals and the State - Antonio Gramsci

        Chapter  in J. Storey (ed.), Cultural Theory and Popular Culture, a Reader

      11. Selections from the prison notebooks of Antonio Gramsci - Antonio Gramsci, Quintin Hoare, Geoffrey Nowell-Smith 1971

        Book  Pages 206-209, 219-226 & 245-246.

      12. European Liberalisms and Modern Concepts of Liberty in Iran - Homa Katouzian

        Chapter  in Iranian History and Politics, the Dialectic of State and Society

      13. Tabrizi, Mirza Aqa, 'Char Tyatr', ed. M.B. Momeni, (Tabriz: Ebn-e Sina, 1355/1976).

    4. Visual Resources 1 item
      1. Ali Hatami, Jafar Khan az Farang Bargashteh, (Tehran: Arman Film, 1987). Film On order

  3. Week 2 & 3: Nation and Narration 14 items
    1. Core Readings 1 item
      1. Sadeq Hedayat, 'Parvin Dokhtar-e Sasan' [Parvin, the Daughter of Sasan] (1928). PERSIAN

    2. Suggested Reading 3 items
      1. The history of theater in Iran - Willem M. Floor 2005

        Book  Read: Chapter 6, pp. 258-277.

      2. Sacred City Profaned: Utopianism and Despair in Early Modernist Persian Literature - Afshin Matin-asgari

        Chapter  in Iran and Beyond: Essays in Middle Eastern History in Honor of Nikki Keddi

      3. Chapter Seven: A History of Iranian Drama (1850–1941) - Saeed Talajooy

        Chapter  in A.A. Seyyed Ghorab, Literature of the Early Twentieth Century: From the Constitutional Period to Reza Shah

    3. Further Reading 10 items
      1. Imagined communities: reflections on the origin and spread of nationalism - Benedict R. O'G. Anderson 2006, c1983

        Book  Available in the library and as an e-book.

      2. Nation and narration - Homi K. Bhabha 1990

        Book  Available in the library and as an e-book.

      3. Hedayat, Sadeq & Minavi, Mojtaba, Maziyar, (Tehran: Amir Kabir, 1348/1969).

      4. 5. War and Reza Shah: 1914-1925 - Nikki R. Keddie

        Chapter  in Modern Iran: Roots and Results of Revolution

      5. Malekpour, Jamshid, Adabiyat-e Namayeshi dar Iran: Melligeraie dar Namayesh 1300-1320 [Dramatic Literature in Iran: Nationalism in Drama 1921-1941], (Tehran, 1386/2007). PERSIAN

      6. The Impact of the Soviet Contact on the Iranian Theatre: Abdolhossein Nushin and the Tudeh Party - Saeed Talajooy

        Chapter  in Iranian-Russian encounters: empires and revolutions since 1800

  4. Week 4 & 5: Deconstructing Heroism 12 items
    1. Core Reading 1 item
      1. Bahman Forsi, Choub-e Zir-e Baghal [The Crutches], (1962). PERSIAN

    2. Suggested Reading 2 items
      1. The history of theater in Iran - Willem M. Floor 2005

        Book  Chapter 6.

    3. Further Reading 9 items
      1. Pahlevan Akbar Mimirad [So Dies Akbar the Hero, 1963] - Bahram Bayzāʼī

        Chapter  Pages 181-257. in vol. 1 of Dīvān-i namāyish

      2. Farrokhi, Hussein, Namayeshnevisi dar Iran [Play Writing in Iran], (Tehran: Farhangestan-e Honar, Winter 1386/2008): 317-328. PERSIAN

      3. Modern Iran: roots and results of revolution - Nikki R. Keddie, Yann Richard 2006

        Book  Read: 6. World War II and Mosaddeq: 1941-1953’ & ‘7. Royal Dictatorship: 1953-1977’ , pp.105-148

      4. Shahbazi, Kazem & Kianafzar, Azam, Taatr-e Iran dar Gozar-e Zaman 1342-1357 [Iranian Theatre in the Passage of Time 1963-1978], (Tehran: Afraz, 1387/2008): 68-92 & 145-153. PERSIAN

      5. Talajooy, Saeed, Deconstructing Heroism in So Dies Akbar the Hero, (Under publication) Provided.

      6. Power and Purity: Iranian Political Culture, Communication and Identity - Majid Tehranian 2004

        Chapter  in Jahanbegloo, Ramin (ed.), Iran between Tradition and Modernity

  5. Week 6 & 7: Deconstructing the Royal Narratives of Nationalism 16 items
    1. Core Reading 1 item
      1. Bahram Beyzaie, Marg-e Yazdgerd: Majles-e Shahkoshi (1979). PERSIAN

    2. Suggested Reading 2 items
      1. History and Iranian Drama: The Case of Bahram Beyzaie - Saeed Talajooy

        Chapter  Chapter 11 in Perceptions of Iran: history, myths and nationalism from medieval Persia to the Islamic Republic

      2. Theses on the Philosophy of History - Walter Benjamin

        Chapter  in Illuminations / Walter Benjamin ; edited and with an introduction by Hannah Arendt ; translated by Harry Zorn

    3. Further Reading 12 items
      1. Amjad, Hamid (ed.) Simia 2: Vijheh-ye Bahram Beyzaie [Simia 2: Special Issue on Bahram Beyzaie] (Tehran, Winter1386/2008). PERSIAN

      2. Arash - Bahram Beyzaie

        Chapter  in Divan-i Namayish 1

      3. Beyzaie, Bahram, 'Naqqali' in Namayesh dar Iran, [Theatre in Iran], (Tehran: Roshangaran, 1380/2001) (first published 1965): 65-84. PERSIAN

      4. Iranian drama: an anthology - M. R. Ghanoonparvar, John Green 1989

        Book  Read: pages ix-1 & 153-235.

      5. Ghookasian, Zaven, Goftegoo ba Bahram Beyzaie, [In Conversation with Bahram Beyzaie], (Tehran: Agah, 1992): 192-221. PERSIAN

      6. Ghookasian, Zaven, Majmooeh Maqalat dar Naqd va Moa'refi-e Asar-e Bahram Beyzaie [A Collection of Critical Essays on Bahram Beyzaie], (Tehran: Agah, 1999): 367-431. PERSIAN

      7. Kapuscinski, Gisele, Persian Theatre in the 1960s, (PhD thesis, Columbia University, 1982).

      8. Modern Persian Drama - Gisèle Kapuscinski

        Chapter  In: Persian literature, part IV, chapter 19.

      9. Modern Persian drama: an anthology - Bahrām Bayz̤āʼī, Gisèle Kapuscinski, Ghulām Ḥusayn Sāʻidī, Abbās Naʻlbandiyān c1987

        Book  Read: pp. vii-1 & 3-101.

    4. Visual Resources 1 item
      1. Beyzaie, Bahram, Marg-e Yazdgerd [Death of Yazdgerd], (Tehran: Lisar, 1982). Film. may be viewed online at:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTeNKpAdqP8

  6. Weeks 8 & 9: Rewriting the History of Iranian Modernity 15 items
    1. Core Reading 1 item
      1. Amjad, Hamid, Shab-e Sizdahom [The Thirteenth Night], (2000).

    2. Suggested Reading 2 items
      1. Society, Gender, Culture, and Intellectual Life - Nikki R. Keddie

        Chapter  in Modern Iran: Roots and Results of Revolution

    3. Further Reading 10 items
      1. Charmshir, Mohammad, 'Obour az Ghobar: Shab-e Sizdahom' [Passing through the Dust: The Thirteenth Night] in Sahneh, 9 &10 (Paiyz-e 1379/Autumn 2000): 88-90. PERSIAN

      2. Hegemony, Intellectuals and the State - Antonio Gramsci

        Chapter  in J. Storey (ed.), Cultural Theory and Popular Culture, a Reader.

      3. Selections from the prison notebooks of Antonio Gramsci - Antonio Gramsci, Quintin Hoare, Geoffrey Nowell-Smith 1971

        Book  Read: pages 206-209, 219-226 & 245-246.

      4. Qolipour, Ali, 'Bazkhani Mashrouteh dar Dolat Eslahat' [The Rereading of the Constitutional Revolution during the Reformist Government] at Navay-e Bi Nan (Mordad 1387/August 2008) (http://navayebinan.blogfa.com/post-32.aspx). PERSIAN

      5. Rahmanian, Mohammad, Ziaratkhani-e Qadamshad-e Motreb dar Tehran [The Tragic Recitation of Qadamshad the Merrymaker in Tehran], (Tehran: Neila, 2000). PERSIAN

      6. The Discourse on Modernization and the Problem of Cultural Integrity in Nineteenth-Century Iran - Monica Ringer

        Chapter  in Iran and Beyond: Essays in Middle Eastern History in Honor of Nikki Keddi

      7. Refashioning Iran: Orientalism, Occidentalism, and historiography - Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi 2001

        Book  Read: pp. 54-113.

      8. Contemporary Shi’i Thought - Richards Yann

        Chapter  in Modern Iran: Roots and Results of Revolution

      9. Modern Iran: roots and results of revolution - Nikki R. Keddie, Yann Richard, Nikki R. Keddie 2006

        Book 

    4. Visual Resource 2 items
      1. Amjad, Hamid, Shab-e Sizdahom, [The Thirteenth Night]. Performance Recording

      2. Rahmanian, Mohammad, Ziaratkhani-e Qadamshad-e Motreb dar Tehran [The Tragic Recitation of Qadamshad the Merrymaker in Tehran]. Performance Recording

  7. Weeks 10 & 11: Systematic Violence and Surveillance 14 items
    1. Core Reading 1 item
      1. Mohamad Yaghubi, Yek Daghigheh Sokut (A Minute of Silence).

    2. Suggested Reading 2 items
      1. Epilogue - Nikki R. Keddie

        Chapter  in Modern Iran: Roots and Results of Revolution

    3. Further Reading 11 items
      1. Iran, Islam, and democracy: the politics of managing change - Ali M. Ansari 2006

        Book  2018 edition is on order for the library

      2. Outline of a Theory of Practice - Pierre Bourdieu

        Chapter  in On Violence: A Reader. Available in the library and as an e-book.

      3. Cultural resistance reader - Stephen Duncombe 2002

        Book 

      4. The history of sexuality: Vol.1: An introduction - Michel Foucault, Robert Hurley 1990

        Book 

      5. Practice: knowledge and power (Part 3) - Michelle Foucault

        Chapter  in Language, Counter-memory, Practice: Selected Essays and Interviews

      6. Resistance literature - Barbara Harlow 1987

        Book 

      7. Rezaqoli, Ali, Jameh-shenasiy-e Nokhbeh Koshi (The Sociology of Elite-Killing).

      8. Domination and the Arts of Resistance - James C. Scott

        Chapter  in On Violence: A Reader. Available in the library and as an e-book.

      9. Violence: six sideways reflections - Slavoj Žižek 2009

        Book  Read: ‘Introduction: Tyrant’s Bloody Rope’, ‘Chapters 5: Tolerance as an Ideological Category’ and Chapter 6: Divine Violence’ pp. 1-7 and 119-173. Available in the library and as an e-book.

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