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ONLINE—The Iranian Realism of Dr. Amir Ahmadi Arian
February 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
UC Santa Barbara Online Lecture—Ahmad Mahmoud (1931-2002) was a prominent Iranian novelist and a leftist political activist. Mahmoud’s works are mainly categorized as social realist fiction in which the author portrays the lives of the working class in the urban societies of the South of Iran. Mahmoud’s most celebrated novel, The Neighbors, has been a part of the Persian literary canon ever since it was published in 1974.
February 18, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. PT
Online event, via Zoom. Register here.
From the speaker’s abstract:
Ahmad Mahmoud perhaps represents the most successful example of social realism in the history of the modern Iranian novel. In the literary culture dominated by experimental and modernist fiction on one side and best-selling melodrama on the other, Mahmoud adhered to social realism throughout his career. He was also a rare example of a writer achieving popularity among the elite and the general readership. In this talk, I discuss Mahmoud’s novels under three topics. First, through his writing, Mahmoud has tied his name to the city of Ahvaz. I will discuss how the literary construction of Ahvaz evolves across his novels and takes on a life of its own. Second, Mahmoud took the art of the realist novel in Iran to a new level. He absorbed and internalized the technics and methods of the nineteenth-century European realists and deployed them in the context of the Iranian south. Third, Mahmoud wrested the political fiction from the dry socialist realism of the writers affiliated with the Tudeh party while rejecting the art-for-art approach of experimentalists. I will show how he dramatized the political and seamlessly wove it into his vast, epic novels.
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This exhibit is supported by a Humanities for All Quick Grant.