Culture and Power in Modern Iran

1978H [CRN: 25267]

"I went to the Persian Art Exhibit at 51st Street and Fifth Ave...The important thing is the realization that here is an art which has survived through 6,000 years of invasion, war, tyranny, prosperity and power." So wrote Eleanor Roosevelt in her newspaper column in June 1940. Throughout the history of modern Iran, its relations with the West have been mediated through a cultural lens. In turn, the struggle to define national culture within Iran itself has been deeply embedded in cultural production. This course examines the history of modern Iran through its art, cinema, literature, and cultural institutions. Enrollment limited to 20. M
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