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MELA 125: Love in Persian Literature

This course engages with the pleasures and pains of love both for the Divine and human as imagined by authors under the influence of Persianate Culture. We will look at different sources including autobiographies, letters, poems, and novels produced from the tenth century to present day. We will read the texts in English translation and focus on themes like forbidden love, celebration of carnal pleasures and lust, homo-eroticism, mystical love, and love for God, religious figures, and nation. The texts are accompanied by secondary sources that expand on some literary and philosophical issues related to the concept of love.
6 credits; HI, WR2, IS; Not offered 2019-2020