Professor Karimi-Hakkak is a leading scholar in Persian studies and comparative literature; he is the author of 19 books, including most recently Recasting Persian Poetry: Scenarios of Poetic Modernity in Iran
. In that book, Karimi proposes a revision of the view that sets the Modernist poet Nima Yushij as the single-handed inventor of “New Poetry.” This view, he argues, has resulted in an exaggerated sense of the aesthetic gulf between the modernist poetry of Iran and classical Persian poetry. Through a number of close readings of works by Nima's predecessors, Karimi makes visible a century-old Persian poetic tradition with Nima as its culmination. This lecture takes the next step of examining the modernist legacy of Nima.
Sponsor: UNC Persian Studies Program