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Censorship of Literature in Post-Revolutionary Iran: Politics and Culture Since 1979

Censorship of Literature in Post-Revolutionary Iran: Politics and Culture Since 1979
Alireza Abiz

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Faced with strict state control of cultural output, Iranian authors and writers have had to adapt their work to avoid falling foul of the censors. In this pioneering study, Alireza Abiz offers an in-depth, interdisciplinary analysis of how censorship and the political order of Iran have influenced contemporary Persian literature, both in terms of content and tone, from 1979 until the current date. As censorship is unrecorded and not officially acknowledged in Iran, the author has examined newspaper archives and conducted first-hand interviews with Iranian poets and writers, exploring the ways in they attempt to subvert the codes of censorship by using symbolism and figurative language to hide their more controversial messages. A ground-breaking analysis, this book will be vital reading for anyone interested in contemporary cultural politics and literature in Iran.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword Introduction Chapter One: A Brief History of Censorship in Iran from the Early Days of the Press until the 1979 RevolutionChapter Two: Laws, Theories and Policies of CensorshipChapter Three: Structure, Mechanism and Practice of CensorshipChapter Four: How Do Writers and Poets React to Censorship? Chapter Five: How is Censorship Affecting Iranian Poetry? Chapter Six: Conclusion

Author Info

Alireza Abiz holds a PhD from Newcastle University in Creative Writing. He has published several books of verse in Iran as well as translations of poetics works into Persian (including Rainer Maria Rilke). He has also edited and written for numerous poetry publications in Iran and presented Talk Poetry, a poetry programme for National Iranian Television.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781784538071
Publication Date: 30 Jan 2019
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 216
Width: 138

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