Persian Autobiography Syllabus

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Rebecca Ruth Gould

University of Birmingham; Harvard University - Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Date Written: December 31, 2014


This course covers autobiographical writings in Persian from premodern times to contemporary Iran. It reflects the emergence of autobiographical writing in the first days of Islam and an evolving sense of self, identity, and cultural cohesion, and then records transitions within the political/economic power structures in the geographical region. In addition, travel literature and perceptions of “otherness” are recorded, as well as gender roles, and politics.

Keywords: Iran, selfhood, autobiography, literature

Suggested Citation

Gould, Rebecca Ruth, Persian Autobiography Syllabus (December 31, 2014). Available at SSRN: or

Rebecca Ruth Gould (Contact Author)

University of Birmingham ( email )

College of Arts and Law
Birmingham, UK, Birmingham B15 2TT
United Kingdom (Fax)


Harvard University - Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies ( email )

1730 Cambridge Street, 3rd Floor
Cambridge, 02138
United States


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