Kamran Talattof, chair of Persian board

Kamran Talattof (Ph. D., University of Michigan 1996) is professor of the Persian language and literature and Iranian culture and director of the Persian Program at the University of Arizona. He teaches courses on Persian language and literature, gender issues in the Middle East, and Iranian culture, history, and politics. He has also taught at other universities including the University of Michigan and Princeton University and has been acknowledged for his teaching and services to the field of Persian and Iranian Studies. He has served on a number of International Society for Iranian Studies and Middle East Studies Association boards and committees, as the editor of SIS Newsletter; as the book review editor of the Journal of Iranian Studies, and as an evaluator or referee for numerous journals, presses, as well as grants and fellowships competitions nationally and internationally. He has worked with NFLC, LANGNET, ACTFL, NMLRC, LARC, CERCLL, and a number of other national language centers on a variety of instructional and assessment projects.

 

Scholarly Books and Monographs:

  • Modernity, Sexuality, and Ideology in Iran: The Life and Legacy of Popular Iranian Female Artists (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, forthcoming 2010).
  • The Politics of Writing in Iran: A History of Modern Persian Literature, Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press, 2000; Paperback Edition in 2000.
  • Contemporary Debates in Islam: An Anthology of Modernist and Fundamentalist Thought, edited, introduction, and translated texts by M. Moaddel and K. Talattof. New York: St. Martin Press, 2000. Also published as: Modern and Fundamentalist Debates in Islam: A Reader. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.
  • The Poetry of Nizami Ganjavi: Knowledge, Love, and Rhetoric, edited, introduction, and major contributions by K. Talattof and J. Clinton. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2000.
  • Modern Persian: Spoken and Written (Volume I), by D. Stilo, K. Talattof, and J. Clinton. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.
  • Modern Persian: Spoken and Written (Volume II), by D. Stilo, K. Talattof, and J. Clinton. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.
  • Modern Persian: Spoken and Written (Volume III), by K. Talattof, CERCLL, University of Arizona, 2010.

  • Modern Persian: Spoken and Written (Volume IV), by K. Talattof, CERCLL, University of Arizona, 2010.
  • Essays on Nima Yushij: Animating Modernism in Persian Poetry, edited, introduction, contributions by Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak and Kamran Talattof. Leiden: Brill, 2004.

 

Translated Books:

  • Touba and the Meaning of Night by Shahrnush Parsipur, introduction by Kamran Talattof, translated by Havva Houshmand and Kamran Talattof. New York: Feminist Press, 2006.
  • Women Without Men by Shahrnush Parsipur, introduction by Kamran Talattof, translated by K. Talattof and J. Sharlet. New York: Syracuse University Press, 1998), 131 pages. Also published as Women Without Men with a "translator's afterward" by Kamran Talattof. Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2004.

 

Sample Articles:

  • "Postrevolutionary Persian Literature" in Radical History Review, 2009(105):145-150.

  • "Personal Rebellion and Social Revolt in the works of Forugh Farrokhzād: Challenging the Assumptions" in Forugh Farrokhzad, Poet of Modern Iran Edited Volume (I B Tauris, Forthcoming).

  • "I Will Rebuild You, Oh My Country": Simin Behbahani's Work and Sociopolitical Discourse" in The Journal of Iranian Studies, Volume 41 Issue 1 2008, 1936.

  • "The Power of Metaphor: Ideology and Politics in Modern Persian, Arabic, and Turkish Literatures" in Critical Encounters: Essays on Persian Literature and Culture in Honor of Peter J. Chelkowski, Eds. M. Khorrami and M. R. Ghanoonparvar, Costa Mesa, CA : Mazda Publishers, 2007.
  • "Goftarha-ye Ijtemai va Asar Simin Behbahani: Saheri ke ba Zaman Harkat Mikonad [Social Discourses in  Behbahani's work: A Poet who Moves with Time] Iran Nameh, 23, 12, Spring/Summer 2006.
  • “Comrade Akbar: Islam, Marxism, and Modernity” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 25, no. 3 (November 4, 2005), 634–49.

  • "Breaking Taboos in Iranian Women's Literature: The Work of Shahrnush Parsipur" World Literature Today; (September-December 2004), 43–46.

  • "Once Upon a Time by Muhammad Ali Jamalzadeh: A Historical Analysis," in World Literature and Its Times, (Volume 6: Middle Eastern Literatures and Their Times) edited by Joyce Moss. Farmington Hills: Thomson Gale, 2004, 377–385.
  • "Nima Yushij and the Millennium-old Tradition of Persian Poetry," an introduction to Nima Yushij: His Life, His Works, His Legacy, with A. Karimi-Hakkak, edited by A. Karimi-Hakkak and K. Talattof. Leiden: Brill, 2004, 1–10.
  • "Ideology and Self-Portrayal in the Poetry of Nima Yushij," in Nima Yushij: His Life, His Works, His Legacy, edited by A. Karimi-Hakkak and K. Talattof. Leiden: Brill, 2004, 69–99.
  • "Translating Context: A Translator's Note" in Shahrnush Parsipur, Women Without Men. New York: Feminist Press, 2004.

  • "Islam And Modernity: Ideology and Violence in the Middle East" in International Seminar on Nuclear War and Planetary Emergencies, edited by R. Ragaini. New Jersey: World Scientific, 2003, 26–32.
  • "Amuzesh-e Zaban-e Farsi: Sarzendeh, Sargarm Konandeh, va Sazandeh [The Instruction of the Persian Language: Lively, Entertaining, and Constructive] in Gozideh Maqalat va Goftarha: Amuzesh-e Zaban-e Farsi, Moshkelat, and Rahkarha, edited by Mohsen Soleimani. New York: Council for the Promotion of Persian Language and Literature, 2002, 151–158.
  • "Iranian Women Writers," Ten Entries about Ten Major Women Writers in Jane Eldridge Miller, ed. Who's Who in Contemporary Women's Writing. London: Routledge, 2001.
  • "Nizami's Unlikely Heroines: A Study of The Characterizations of Women in Classical Persian Literature," in The Poetry of Nizami Ganjavi: Knowledge, Love, and Rhetoric, edited by K. Talattof and J. Clinton. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2000, 51–81.
  • "Nizami Ganjavi and His Poetry," with J. Clinton in The Poetry of Nizami Ganjavi: Knowledge, Love, and Rhetoric, edited by K. Talattof and J. Clinton. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2000, 1–13.
  • "Contemporary Debates in Islam: Modernism Versus Fundamentalism," with M. Moaddel in Contemporary Debates in Islam: An Anthology of Modernist and Fundamentalist Thought, edited by M. Moaddel and K. Talattof. New York: St. Martin Press, 2000, 1–21.
  • "Iranian Women's Literature: From Pre-revolutionary Social Discourse to Postrevolutionary Feminism," International Journal of Middle East Studies, 29, no. 4, (Nov. 1997), 531–58.