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University of Texas – Austin

1. Shariati, Maryam. Staging Iranian modernity : authors in search of new forms.

Degree: Comparative Literature, 2018, University of Texas – Austin

This dissertation calls attention to three important twentieth-century Iranian playwrights who have made extraordinary contributions to the development of modern Iranian drama and whose oeuvres reveal instances of creative encounter with modern Western dramaturgy. In place of an attempt to provide a thorough diachronic analysis of dramatic productions in the regions concerned, I focus on specific moments and key figures that exemplify major stages in the evolution of modern drama both in Iran and the West, i.e., the triumvirate aesthetic movements of Idealism, Realism, and Modernism. With the aim of re-situating modern Iranian drama within the context of international dramatic developments, the plays of Gholamhossein Sa‘edi, Akbar Radi, and Bahram Beyzaie are respectively compared with the works of Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekhov, and Luigi Pirandello in order to detail the affinities and divergences between the two through close-readings of plays and analysis of the scholarship and historical documents that shaped the playwrights’ views about modernity. In doing so, I thus propose a reading of Iranian drama that is sensitive both to Western influences and to the transformation exerted on Western literary forms in response to local realities and needs. In order to demonstrate the rise of modern drama as a literary form that is deeply aware of modernity, I provide a historically grounded perspective on its development. Therefore, in addition to examining the specific plays, I engage with a methodology that includes reviewing historical and social circumstances that informed the playwrights’ creations. Such an approach allows for the expansion of the dominant Western cannon, Ibsen, Chekhov, and Pirandello, for instance, and for gaining new perspectives on other national literary traditions which unfortunately have mostly been omitted from the world dramatic discourse. At the same time, by linking Western dramatists to their Iranian counterparts, this dissertation aims to join the discussions on the interactions between Iranian and Western literatures and to give an account of an exchange between Iran and the West that is embedded in the development of both. Advisors/Committee Members: Richmond-Garza, Elizabeth M. (Elizabeth Merle), 1964- (advisor), Ghanoonparvar, M. R. (Mohammad R.) (advisor), Wilkinson, Lynn R. (committee member), Arens, Katherine M. (committee member), Merabet, Sofian (committee member).

Subjects/Keywords: Drama; Modern

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APA (6th Edition):

Shariati, M. (2018). Staging Iranian modernity : authors in search of new forms. (Thesis). University of Texas – Austin. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/2152/68267

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Shariati, Maryam. “Staging Iranian modernity : authors in search of new forms.” 2018. Thesis, University of Texas – Austin. Accessed November 20, 2018. http://hdl.handle.net/2152/68267.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Shariati, Maryam. “Staging Iranian modernity : authors in search of new forms.” 2018. Web. 20 Nov 2018.

Vancouver:

Shariati M. Staging Iranian modernity : authors in search of new forms. [Internet] [Thesis]. University of Texas – Austin; 2018. [cited 2018 Nov 20]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/2152/68267.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Council of Science Editors:

Shariati M. Staging Iranian modernity : authors in search of new forms. [Thesis]. University of Texas – Austin; 2018. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/2152/68267

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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