Poetics of Iranian Cinema
Fig. 1. The Poetics of Iranian Cinema. Courtesy of I.B.Tauris, 2011.

I.B.Tauris published a new book titled "The Poetics of Iranian Cinema: Aesthetics, Modernity and Film After the Revolution" written by Khatereh Sheibani from the University of Guelph.

Publication Data

Sheibani, Khatereh. The Poetics of Iranian Cinema: Aesthetics, Modernity and Film After the Revolution. I.B.Tauris, 2011. ISBN: 9781848857414.


In the wake of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, Iranian society and culture underwent massive changes. Here, Khatereh Sheibani argues that cinema evolved after the national uprising in 1978/79, and ultimately replaced poetry as the dominant form of cultural expression. She presents a comparative analysis of post-revolutionary Iranian cinema as an offshoot of Iranian modernity, and explains its connections with the themes present in traditional Persian poetry and conventional visual arts. She examines the pre-revolutionary film industry - such as Iranian new wave and filmfarsi movies - its styles and themes, and its relation to the emerging cinema after 1978. Sheibani argues that Iranian art cinema, as one of the signifiers and agents of modernity, underwent a cultural revolution by employing the aesthetics of Persian literature and visual arts in a modern context. This is a valuable contribution to the scholarly literature on Iranian cinema, politics and culture.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Islamic Revolution and Aesthetic Evolution
1. Cinema as Art: A Poetic Interpretation
2. Kiarostami and the Aesthetics of Ghazal
3. Kiarostami and Modern Persian Poetry
4. Modernity and Identity in a Cinematic Perspective
5. Mirroring the Past, Envisioning the Future
6. Bayzai and the Conventions of Visual Arts
Conclusion: Responding to the Cry of the Simurgh

About the Author

Khatereh Sheibani is Lecturer at the University of Guelph, Canada. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta.

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