Recasting American and Persian Literatures

Local Histories and Formative Geographies from Moby-Dick to Missing Soluch

  • Amirhossein Vafa

Part of the Literatures and Cultures of the Islamic World book series (LCIW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Amirhossein Vafa
    Pages 85-132
  3. Amirhossein Vafa
    Pages 133-181
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 197-204

About this book


Reading literary and cinematic events between and beyond American and Persian literatures, this book questions the dominant geography of the East-West divide, which charts the global circulation of texts as World Literature. Beyond the limits of national literary historiography, and neocolonial cartography of world literary discourse, the minor character Parsee Fedallah in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick (1851) is a messenger who travels from the margins of the American literature canon to his Persian literary counterparts in contemporary Iranian fiction and film, above all, the rural woman Mergan in Mahmoud Dowlatabadi’s novel Missing Soluch (1980). In contention with Eurocentric treatments of world literatures, and in recognition of efforts to recast the worldliness of American and Persian literatures, this book maintains that aesthetic properties are embedded in their local histories and formative geographies. 


World Literature Moby Dick Persian Literature Herman Melville Mahmoud Dowlatabadi

Authors and affiliations

  • Amirhossein Vafa
    • 1
  1. 1.Shiraz UniversityShirazUnited Kingdom

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