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Iran's Literary Heritage Lecture Series: Dr Homa Katouzian - Women in Sadeq Hedayat's Fiction

Wednesday, 1st February 2012 at 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Location: Middle East Centre, 68 Woodstock Road

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Dr Homa Katouzian will speak about Women in Sadeq Hedayat's Fiction. Abstract below.

Hedayat’s fictional works can be divided into four groups: Psycho-fictional, critical realist, satirical and nationalist. His psycho-fiction makes up the group of works of which The Blind Owl is a masterpiece. Women in this group of Hedayat’s stories are either illusive , virtually non-existing angels such as the ethereal woman inThe Blind Owl, whom the anti-heroes long for passionately and desperately but never win; or they are real but evil such as the harlot in The Blind Owl whom the anti-heroes despise, run from, or even kill.  On the other hand, Hedayat’s realist stories portray objective realities relevant to their context authentically, so that one can readily think of types of people and situations in real life corresponding to them. It follows that both women and men in these stories look like their real types in society. And whatever judgement readers may make about them, their lives, loves, ways and morals, they would not surprise their readers nor would they engage their minds in complex questions.

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