The Rhetoric of Biography: Narrating Lives in Persianate Societies
edited by L. Marlow
contributions by Michael Cooperson, Stephen Frederic Dale, Olga M. Davidson, Mohammad J. Mahallati and Maria Szuppe
Harvard University Press, 2011
Paper: 978-0-674-06066-1
Library of Congress Classification PK6413.R54 2011
Dewey Decimal Classification 891.5509


In the context of a growing scholarly literature devoted to the topics of biography and autobiography, especially in the Arabic literary tradition, the essays in this volume explore the forms and meanings of these genres with particular reference to Persian writings, as well as to writings in Arabic and Turkish that were also composed in Persianate societies.

The authors address, among other topics, biographies and autobiographies of women; biographies of specific occupational groups, such as poets; the relation of traditional “lives of poets” to the reception of their literary works; intertextuality across biographical and autobiographical writings and across languages; and the processes involved in translating written biographies for the contemporary television screen.

Readers are invited to glimpse the lives of figures from the past and to appreciate the historical, cultural, and literary contexts that shaped their biographical and autobiographical narratives, and to reflect on the continuing significance of these narratives into the modern era.

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