cover of book

In a Persian Mirror: Images of the West and Westerners in Iranian Fiction
by M. R. Ghanoonparvar
University of Texas Press, 1993
Paper: 978-0-292-72761-8 | Cloth: 978-0-292-72760-1 | eISBN: 978-0-292-76704-1
Library of Congress Classification PK6424.C58G48 1993
Dewey Decimal Classification 891.5509321821


The extreme anti-Western actions and attitudes of Iranians in the 1980s astonished and dismayed the West, which has characterized the Iranian positions as irrational and inexplicable. In this groundbreaking study of images of the West in Iranian literature, however, M. R. Ghanoonparvar reveals that these attitudes did not develop suddenly or inexplicably but rather evolved over more than two centuries of Persian-Western contact.

Notable among the authors whose works Ghanoonparvar discusses are Sadeq Hedayat, M. A. Jamalzadeh, Hushang Golshiri, Gholamhoseyn Sa'edi, Simin Daneshvar, Moniru Ravanipur, Sadeq Chubak, and Jalal Al-e Ahmad. This survey significantly illuminates the sources of Iranian attitudes toward the West and offers many surprising discoveries for Western readers, not least of which is the fact that Iranians have often found Westerners to be as enigmatic and incomprehensible as we have believed them to be.

See other books on: Ghanoonparvar, M. R. | Images | Middle Eastern | West | Westerners
See other titles from University of Texas Press
Nearby on shelf for Indo-Iranian philology and literature / Iranian philology and literature / New Persian: