Volume. 11920

Seminar on contemporary Persian literature held in Ankara
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TEHRAN – A seminar on contemporary Persian literature was held in Iran’s Cultural Office in Ankara, Turkey on Saturday.

A number of Iranian and Turkish scholars including Qasemali Ferasat, Kavus Hasanli, Maryam Qarehkhani and Mustafa Aslan attended the seminar and discussed the status of Persian literature after the Islamic Revolution (1979).

The first presenter was Ferasat who reviewed Persian literature after the revolution and regarded the literature of Sacred Defense (1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war) the highlight of literature during the past 30 years, which led to the formation of new types of story writing in Iran.

Hasanli who is teaching Persian literature in Istanbul University talked about poetry and lyrics in contemporary literature and analyzed their forms and concepts by reading several examples.

“Social issues are mostly narrated in the form of lyrics in the contemporary literature of Iran, quite opposite to the classic literature which focused on love and mysticism,” Hasanli said.

Mustafa Aslan gave a report about the influence of Persian literature in Turkey and introduced Iranian writers and poets of the pre-Islamic Revolution.

For unknown reasons, there does not seem to be much interest in translation of published works in Iran, he said.

He added that there needs to be greater efforts to introduce Persian literature to the people of his country.

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