Shahriar Mondanipour, Visiting Lecturer in Literary Arts
Office Location: Room 228, 70 Brown. St.
Phone: (401) 863-6247
Fall 2012 courses:
LITR 1230O S01 Suppression and Invention in Modern Persian Literature
Shahriar Mondanipour is regarded as one of the most accomplished writers of contemporary Iranian literature. His creative approach to the use of symbols and metaphors, his inventive experimentation with language, time and space, as well as his unique awareness of sequence and identity have made his work fascinating to critics and readers alike. His honors include the Mehregan Award for the best Iranian children’s novel of 2004, the 1998 Golden Tablet Award for best fiction in Iran during the previous two decades, and Best Film Critique at the 1994 Press Festival in Tehran.
Mondanipour is the author of nine volumes of fiction, one nonfiction book, and more than 100 essays in genre such as literary theory, literature and art criticism, creative writing, censorship, and social commentary. His collections of short stories include The Eighth Day of the Earth, Violet Orient, Midday Moon, Mummy and Honey, Shadows of the Cave, and Ultramarine Blue. He is the author of the two-volume novel, The Courage of Love. From 1999 until 2007, he was Editor-in-Chief of Asr-e Panjshanbeh (Thursday Evening), a monthly literary journal published in Shiraz that after nine years of publishing was banned by Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.
His first novel to appear in English, Censoring an Iranian Love Story, translated by Sara Khalili and published by Knopf in 2009, was well received. The New Yorker named it as one of the reviewers’ favorites of 2009, and NPR named it one of the best debut novels of the year. Censoring An Iranian Love Story is also being translated and published in 11 other languages in countries throughout the world.