The pioneering Iranian poet and filmmaker Forugh Farrokhzad was an iconic figure in her own day and has come to represent the spirit of revolt against patriarchal and cultural norms in 1960s Iran. Four decades after her tragic death at the age of 32, Forugh Farrokhzad, Poet of Modern Iran brings her ground-breaking work into new focus.
During her lifetime Farrokhzad embodied the vexed predicament of the contemporary Iranian woman, at once subjected to long-held traditional practices and influenced by newly introduced modern social sensibilities. Highlighting her literary and cinematic innovation, this volume examines the unique place Farrokhzad occupies in Iran, both among modern Persian poets in general and as an Iranian woman writer in particular. The authors also explore Farrokhzad's appeal outside Iran in the Iranian diasporic imagination and through the numerous translations of her poetry into English. It is a fitting and authoritative tribute to the work of a remarkable woman which will introduce and explain her legacy for a 21st-century audience.
'The epitome of what the Islamic Republic wanted to eradicate, Farrokhzad is now the Iranian equivalent of a rock star.' - Washington Post; 'Forugh Farrokhzad, Poet of Modern Iran sets in every way a new milestone in the study and understanding of this extraordinary poet. This volume is now clearly the single most important critical study of Farrokhzad in English, and can be warmly recommended to anyone with an interest in Persian poetry, intellectual history of Iran, and Iranian women.' - Franklin Lewis, Associate Professor of Persian, University of Chicago; 'Nearly half a century after her death, neither a biography nor a critical study of her poems has appeared. In the light of this situation, everyone who has read Farrokhzad or read about her will welcome the proposed volume.' - Michael Craig Hillman, Professor of Persian, University of Texas, Austin