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  • The Visual Arts of Iran in the Islamic Period

    Author:Sheila S. Blair, Jonathan M. Bloom

    Abstract: The visual arts created in Iran from the seventh century to the present when Islam was a major presence are some of the finest made anywhere. This essay surveys that copious production.  It opens by delineating four themes that run through Persian art of the Islamic period: the use of writing in Arabic script; the lively depiction of...

    Column:Persian Literature and Culture Studies   003-011   Details

  • Western Iranian Metalwork during 12th and Early 13th Centuries

    Author:Taher Rezazadeh

    Abstract: From the beginning of the 12th century until the Mongol invasion in the second decade of the 13th century, the province of Khurasan in north east of greater Iran was the main center for producing luxurious inlaid bronzes and brasses. The condition of metalwork in other cultural and industrial regions and centers of g...

    Column:Persian Literature and Culture Studies   012-021   Details

  • 19th-Century Persian Book Illustration: Portraying the Lovers of The Thousand and One Nights

    Author: Elham Etemadi

    Abstract: The Thousand and One Nights was illustrated under the supervision of the royal court painter, Sani’ ol-Molk, between 1854 and 1859 in Iran. In this article, I analyze the only image in the manuscript that displays the two main characters of story, Shahrzad and Shahrbaz, in sexual relati...

    Column:Persian Literature and Culture Studies   022-030   Details

  • The History of Photography in Iran

    Author:Ali Behdad

    Abstract: In this article, I provide a general history of the way photography was developed in Iran, and discuss some examples of early photography to elaborate the way amateur and professional Iranian photographers used the new medium to represent and document themselves and their cultures. Nineteenth-century Iran, I suggest, offers a unique context in ...

    Column:Persian Literature and Culture Studies   031-041   Details

  • What Is Literature? The Rise of a Global Literary Discourse

    Author:Aria Fani

    Abstract: This essay argues that literature as a conceptual category is not timeless or universal. In the case of Iran and Afghanistan, the formation of literature, or adabiyat, was the outcome of early twentieth-century associational culture that introduced new ways of naming, understanding, and appreciating textual production. ...

    Column:Persian Literature and Culture Studies   042-049   Details

  • Broken Lyres: Epic, Performance, and History in Mehdi Akhavan Sales' "Akhar-e Shahnameh"

    Author:Marie Huber

    Abstract: In “Akhar-e Shahnameh” by Mehdi Akhavan Sales (1929-1990), one of the foremost representatives of “New Poetry” in Iran, a fictive orality is staged: The poem becomes decipherable only to a reader attuned to the tradition of epic storytelling. This paper examines the relationship betwe...

    Column:Persian Literature and Culture Studies   050-061   Details

  • Iranian Children's Literature after the Islamic Revolution of 1979

    Author:Laetitia Nanquette

    Abstract: This article traces the history of Iranian children’s literature since the revolution of 1979, the importance of the institutions supporting it, as well as its reception globally, explaining its relative success. The institutions promoting children’s literature in the post-revolutionary period are noteworthy b...

    Column:Persian Literature and Culture Studies   062-070   Details

  • Studies on Qian Zhongshu's "?Theory of Sublimity" in the Past 40 Years (1979-2019): Retrospect and Prospect

    Author:Chengfa Yu, Yihui Zhuang

    Abstract: Qian Zhongshu's "Theory of Sublimity" has been acclaimed as the highest ideal and standard of literary translation in the past 40 years (1979-2019). The Chinese researchers have made unremitting efforts and remarkable achievements in studying "Theory of Sublimity" by means of investigating its sources, expounding its connotation, evaluating its function, and comparing it with other translation thoughts. However, there are some imbalances featured by "ten more's and ten fewer's” in research teams, methods and results...

    Column:Translation Studies   071-081   Details

  • Exploration on the MTI Integrative Education Mode of Government-Industry-University-Research: Xi’an International Studies University as an Example

    Author:Qin Li, Ying He

    Abstract: In light of the University-Industry-Government Triple Helix Innovation Model put forward by American sociologist Henry Etzkowitz et al in the last decade of the twentieth century, and combined with the integrative translation education practice of government-industry-university-research in the School of Translation Studies of Xi’an International Studies University, this paper probes into the implementation path of the MTI integrative education mode of government-industry-university-research, and evaluates its strengths and weaknesses, to open this subject for further discussion on the integrative path of government-industry-university-research in MTI education.

    Column:Translation Studies   082-091   Details

  • A Research on Language Planning in Tajikistan

    Author:Jie Wang, Jianrong Guo

    Abstract: Based on Robert Cooper’s language planning theory, this paper reviews the practice of language planning in Tajikistan from three aspects: status planning, corpus planning and acquisition planning. By summarizing the characteristics of language planning in Tajikistan, this research proves that its language planning has succeeded in e...

    Column:Linguistic Studies   124-133   Details

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