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Emerson in Iran : the American appropriation of Persian poetry

Author: Roger Sedarat
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Emerson in Iran offers the first full-length study of Persian influence in the work of the seminal American poet, philosopher, and translator. Extending the current trend in transnational studies back to the figural origins of both the United States and Iran, insightful comparative readings of Platonism and Sufi mysticism help explain how Emerson managed to reconcile through poetry two countries so seemingly  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Ralph Waldo Emerson; Ralph Waldo Emerson
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Sedarat
ISBN: 9781438474878 1438474873
OCLC Number: 1103605791
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: From Plato to Persia: Emerson's transnational origins --
Transparent eyeball/Persian Mirror --
Imitation as suicide: Islamic fatalism and the paradox of self-reliance --
The subversion of equivalence: Emerson's translation theory in praxis --
Americanizing Rumi and Hafez: the return of Emerson's verse translation --
The other side of the Persian mirror: Emerson's gaze as necessary corrective.
Responsibility: Roger Sedarat.

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"Emerson in Iran offers the first full-length study of Persian influence in the work of the seminal American poet, philosopher, and translator. Extending the current trend in transnational studies back to the figural origins of both the United States and Iran, insightful comparative readings of Platonism and Sufi mysticism help explain how Emerson managed to reconcile through poetry two countries so seemingly different in religion, philosophy, and politics. Tracking Emerson's various rhetorical strategies through his own interrogation of language and critical readings of literature exposes what can be considered the sustained development of a latent but considerable translation theory. Emerson's practical application of such a theory in his approach to Hafez and Sa'di further demonstrates the extent to which Persian poetry becomes generative in his own nineteenth century, and how such formative effects continue into America's contemporary verse tradition"--

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