Kamran Talattof

About Kamran Talattof

Kamran Talattof received his Ph. D. from The University of Michigan in 1996, and he has been teaching at the University of Arizona since 1999 after teaching at Princeton University for three years. He is currently a full professor for the Department of Near Eastern Studies while holding affiliation with the Department of Gender & Women's Studies and the Graduate Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. He has taught courses on classical and modern Persian literature, Iranian cinema, Iranian history, the Persian language, and Middle Eastern Women's writings. Kamran Talattof has received a few awards for his teaching and services to the field of Persian and Iranian Studies. He has served on a number of national and international committees within academic associations and on the editorial committees of academic journals, as well as on several ad-hoc international committees. His authored, co-edited, and co-translated books focus on issues of gender, sexuality, ideology, culture, and Persian language pedagogy. His articles also focus on gender, ideology, culture, and fundamentalism. Kamran Talattof is the Foundig Chair of Roshan Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Persian and Iranian Studies (https://persian.arizona.edu/). 

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Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies, Department of Near Eastern Studies (Persian Language and Literature), The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1996.

M.A. in Comparative Literature (Literary Theory), Program in Comparative Literature, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1994.

Research Interests:

Ideology, Gender, Sexuality, Fundamentalism, Persian Language, Literature, and Literary Theory

Selected Publications:

Modernity, Sexuality, and Ideology in Iran: The Life and Legacy of a Popular Female Artist (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2011).

The Politics of Writing in Iran: A History of Modern Persian Literature, Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press, 2000

Contemporary Debates in Islam: An Anthology of Modernist and Fundamentalist Thought, edited, introduction, and translated texts by M. Moaddel and K. Talattof. New York: St. Martin Press, 2000.

The Poetry of Nizami Ganjavi: Knowledge, Love, and Rhetoric, edited, introduction, and major contributions by K. Talattof and J. Clinton. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2000.

Modern Persian: Spoken and Written (Volume I and II), by D. Stilo, K. Talattof, and J. Clinton. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005, Plus VOLUMES III, IV, V, and VI forthcoming.

Essays on Nima Yushij: Animating Modernism in Persian Poetry, edited, introduction, contributions by Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak and Kamran Talattof. Leiden: Brill, 2004.

Touba and the Meaning of Night by Shahrnush Parsipur, introduction by Kamran Talattof, translated by Havva Houshmand and Kamran Talattof. New York: Feminist Press, 2006.

Women Without Men by Shahrnush Parsipur, introduction by Kamran Talattof, translated by K. Talattof and J. Sharlet. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 1998), 131 pages.

Articles include "Iranian Women's Literature: From Pre-revolutionary Social Discourse to Postrevolutionary Feminism," International Journal of Middle East Studies, 29, no. 4, (Nov. 1997), 531–58; “Comrade Akbar: Islam, Marxism, and Modernity” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 25, no. 3 (November 4, 2005), 634–49; and "Breaking Taboos in Iranian Women's Literature: The Work of Shahrnush Parsipur" World Literature Today; (September-December 2004), 43–46.

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Kamran Talattof
Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Chair in Persian and Iranian Studies ‎
Telephone: 520-621-2330
Fax: 520-621-2333
Office: Marshall 452
Office Hours: Tuesday / Thursday and by email