Nasrin Rahimieh

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Howard Baskerville Professor of Humanities, Comparative Literature
School of Humanities

Ph.D., University of Alberta, 1988, Comparative Literature

Phone: (949) 824-0406

University of California, Irvine
1349 Humanities Gateway Building
Mail Code: 2651
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Modern Persian Literature, Iranian Diaspora, Women's Writing
Academic Distinctions
University of Alberta, Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Teaching Award 2000
McMaster University, 2003-2006
University of Alberta, 1989-2003
Research Abstract
Dr. Rahimieh’s research has focused on intercultural encounters between Iran and the West, modern Persian literature, literature of exile and displacement, women’s writing, and post-revolutionary Iranian cinema. Her publications include Oriental Responses to the West: Comparative Essays on Muslim Writers from the Middle East (Brill, 1990) and Missing Persians: Discovering Voices in Iranian Cultural Heritage (Syracuse University Press, 2001). Her reviews and articles have appeared in Iranian Studies, Comparative Literature Studies, Iran Nameh, The Middle East Journal, The Comparatist, Thamyris, Edebiyat, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Canadian Literature, and New Comparison.

Iranian Culture: Representation and Identity, Routledge, 2016

Forugh Farrokhzad: Iconic Woman and Feminine Pioneer of New Persian Poetry, co-edited with Dominic Parzviz Brookshaw, London: I B Tauris, 2010

Missing Persians: Discovering Voices in Iranian Cultural Heritage, Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2001, 208 pp

Oriental Responses to the West: Comparative Essays in Select Writers from the Muslim World, Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1990, 124 pp

Translation from Persian into English of the novel The Virgin of Solitude, by Taghi Modarressi, Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2008, 384 pp

Co-editor, special issue of Radical History Review, The Iranian Revolution Turns Thirty, 105 (Fall 2009), 187 pp

Co-editor, special issue of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, Iranian American Literature 33.2 (2008), 208 pp

Selected Articles and Chapters in Books

“Reflections of the Cold War in Modern Persian Literature, 1945-1979,” in Global Cold War Literature: Western, Eastern and Postcolonial Perspectives, ed. Andrew Hammond, New York: Routledge, 2012, 87-99.

“Persian Incursions: The Transnational Dynamics of Persian Literature,” in A Companion to Comparative Literature, eds. Ali Behdad and Dominic Thomas, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011, 296-311.

“Capturing the Abject of the Nation in The House is Black,” in Forugh Farrokhzad, Poet of Modern Iran: Iconic Woman and Feminine Pioneer of New Persian Poetry, eds. Dominic P. Brookshaw and N Rahimieh, London: I B Tauris, 2010, 125-137.

“Divorce Seen through Women's Cinematic Lens,” Iranian Studies 42:1 (2009): 97-112.

“Hedayat’s Translations of Kafka and the Logic of Iranian Modernity” in Sadeq Hedayat: His Work and His Wondrous World, ed. Homa Katouzian. London: Routledge, 2008: 124-135.

“Border Crossing,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 27.2 (2007): 225-232.

“Manifestations of Diversity and Alterity in the Persian Literary Idiom,” in Critical Encounters: Essays on Persian Literature and Culture in Honor of Peter J. Chelkowski, eds. Mohamad Mehdi Khorrami and M. R. Ghanoonparvar, Costa Mesa: Mazda, 2007: 21-35.

“Overcoming the Orientalist Legacy of Iranian Modernity,” Thamyris/ Intersecting No. 10 (2003): 147-63.

“Capturing Cultural Transformation on Film: Makhmalbaf’s A Moment of Innocence,” Edebiyat 12 (2001): 195-214

“Refocusing Alloula's Gaze: A Feminist Reading of The Colonial Harem,” in Atlantic Cross-Currents: Transatlantiques, eds. Susan Z. Andrade, Eileen Julien, Micheline Rice-Maximin, and Aliko Songolo, Trenton: Africa World Press, 2001: 91-100.

“Framing Iran: A Contrapuntal Reading of Two Cinematic Representations of Post Revolutionary Iran,” Edebiyat 9 (1998): 249-275

“Iranian-American Literature,” in New Immigrant Literatures of the United States: A Sourcebook, ed. Alpana Sharma Knippling, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1996: 109-124
Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada Standard Research Grant, Life Writing by Iranian Women, $54,454 (2003-2006)
Professional Societies
Past-President, International Society for Iranian Studies
Middle East Studies Association of North America
Canadian Comparative Litertaure Association

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