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HB-267882-20

Amir Abraham Moosavi
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark (Newark, NJ 07104-3010)
Dust That Never Settled: Afterlives of the Iran-Iraq War in Arabic and Persian Literatures

Research and writing leading to a book on Arabic and Persian literature written in response to the Iran-Iraq War, from 1980 to 2018.

Dust That Never Settled: Afterlives of the Iran-Iraq War in Arabic and Persian Literatures is a book project that will be the first comparative study of the massive literary output of the Iran-Iraq War in both Arabic and Persian. The book argues for the expansion of comparative literary studies across the two languages based on common experiences of war and authoritarianism. It will demonstrate how Iraqi and Iranian writers have continued to wrestle with the politically contentious legacy of the Iran-Iraq War until today, by transforming literatures that were militarized and sponsored by warring governments into literatures of loss, mourning and resistance. The book will introduce English readers to the critical importance of this war to modern Arabic and Persian literatures, propose the war as an entryway to the comparative study of the two literatures in the modern period and reinforce the importance of contemporary literature to social and political debates in Iran and Iraq.

Project fields:
Arabic Literature; Comparative Literature; Near and Middle Eastern Literature

Program:
Awards for Faculty

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2022