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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Central Asian Seminar

Modernity and Modernism in Persophone Literary History


In Afghanistan, Iran and Transoxania the early twentieth century witnessed an intensifying debate about Persian literature and its paths into Modernity. The search for new literary forms went hand in hand with the attempt to describe and assess the literary heritage and its limitations. A working group of scholars from various universities (Bamberg, Berlin, Marburg, Vienna) aims at capturing the spirit of this debate by compiling a commented Reader of relevant texts produced in the Persophone world at this time.