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The Shahnameh of Ferdowsi as World Literature

09 Apr 2015-Iranian Studies (Routledge)-Vol. 48, Iss: 3, pp 313-336
TL;DR: The special issue of the journal of Iranian Studies as discussed by the authors takes its theme from Ferdowsi's Shahnameh seen as a work of world literature, a term (Weltliteratur) which has earlier exponents.
Abstract: This special issue of the journal of Iranian Studies takes its theme from Ferdowsi's Shahnameh 1 seen as a work of world literature—a term (Weltliteratur) which, though it has earlier exponents,2 h...
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TL;DR: In this article, Long and Dillon present a collection of essays about Ptolemy's On the Kriterion and Hegemonikon that resulted from the joint Liverpool/Manchester seminar of 1980/81.
Abstract: the subjective conviction which can convert true belief into knowledge, and bring to conclusions the self-evidence of premisses. The Epicureans are represented by David Sedley on the 'Common Sensibles'. The chief interest of this essay is the airing given to P.Herc. 19/698, probably from Philodemus. Sight and touch are the most powerful senses, their objects are shape and size, but the reports on these objects by vision are analogous to rather than identical with those of the body as reported by touch. This affords welcome support to the Epicurean dictum that 'All sensations are true'. On the Stoic side, Ian Kidd investigates 'certain other of the older Stoics' (DL 7.54) who accept opdos Ao'yo? as a criterion of truth. A subtle analysis of the sources and context of the passage testifies to a piece of Posidonian apologetics, a contribution to the post-Chrysippean debate with the sceptics on KaraX-qi^is. In effect (caraAiji/n? becomes knowledge through opdos Xoyos. The score of the volume is the text, translation and commentary of Ptolemy, On the Kriterion and Hegemonikon that resulted from the joint Liverpool/Manchester seminar of 1980/81. Tony Long provides an introductory chapter to the piece as an 'epistemology for the working scientist' with useful background material on Ptolemy's sympathies with both Antiochus (of Ascalon) and Galen in finding a general philosophical consensus on epistemology as another move against the sceptics. (The papers edited in 1988 by Long and Dillon on The Questions of Eclecticism, which complements the present volume, also include this essay.) Bob Sharpies elucidates the complex table appended to Ptolemy's Ilepl Kpn-qpiov, and then gives an informative survey of the positions of Philo Judaeus, Alcinous and Alexander of Aphrodisias on the criterion to show the continuity in the first two centuries A.D. between the last followers of the Hellenistic schools and the emerging Neoplatonists. The final essay is devoted to Plotinus even though, as Henry Blumenthal shows, for him 'the real criterion of truth is the truth itself. But Proclus acts as an intermediary in his close association of truth with both intellect and what is intelligible, so that it comes to be necessarily involved in every act of cognition. Unlike many essay collections, this whole volume has a unity of theme and purpose. It is packed with interest for all epistemologists, beautifully produced and a fitting tribute to a working life characterised by enthusiastic scholarship and kindly good humour.

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TL;DR: Yamamoto and Yamamoto discuss how oral tradition inter-connects with Middle Eastern literature and present a Brill Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures (BSIL).
Abstract: KUMIKO YAMAMOTO Brill Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures, 26. Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2003. xxiv + 191 pp. ISBN 90 04 12587 6 The central argument of this book concerns how oral tradition intera...

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01 Jan 2003
TL;DR: World Enough and Time 281 BIBLIOGRAPHY 305 INDEX 319.
Abstract: LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS ix ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xi INTRODUCTION: Goethe Coins a Phrase 1 PART ONE: CIRCULATION Chapter 1: Gilgamesh's Quest 39 Chapter 2: The Pope's Blowgun 78 Chapter 3: From the Old World to the Whole World 110 PART TWO: TRANSLATION Chapter 4: Love in the Necropolis 147 Chapter 5: The Afterlife of Mechthild von Magdeburg 170 Chapter 6: Kafka Comes Home 187 PART THREE: PRODUCTION Chapter 7: English in the World 209 Chapter 8: Rigoberta Menchu in Print 231 Chapter 9: The Poisoned Book 260 CONCLUSION: World Enough and Time 281 BIBLIOGRAPHY 305 INDEX 319

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TL;DR: In this paper, Apter argues that incommensurability and what Apter calls the "untranslatable" are insufficiently built into the literary heuristic, and argues that the assumption of translatability should be replaced by a polemical critique of recent efforts to revive World Literature models of literary studies (Moretti, Casanova, etc).
Abstract: The book engages in a polemical critique of recent efforts to revive World Literature models of literary studies (Moretti, Casanova, etc) on the grounds that they construct their curricula on an assumption of translatability. As a result, incommensurability and what Apter calls the "untranslatable" are insufficiently built into the literary heuristic. Drawing on philosophies of translation developed by de Man, Derrida, Sam Weber, Barbara Johnson, Abdelfattah Kilito and Edouard Glissant, as well as on the way in which "the untranslatable" is given substancein the context of Barbara Cassin's Vocabulaire europeen des philosophies: Dictionnaire des intraduisibles, the aim is to activate Untranslatability as a theoretical fulcrum of Comparative Literature with bearing on approaches to world literature, literary world systems and literary history, the politics of periodization, the translation of philosophy and theory, the bounds of non-secular proscription and cultural sanction, free versus privatized authorial property, and the poetics of translational difference.

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TL;DR: The classic work on the subject, A Literary History of Persia is still the standard work in the English language on Persia and her literature It spans four volumes (2256 pages) and took about twenty-five years to write Although it concentrates on Persian literature, it also surveys all aspects of Persian culture from Iranian pre-history to the twentieth century as mentioned in this paper.
Abstract: The classic work on the subject, A Literary History of Persia is still the standard work in the English language on Persia and her literature It spans four volumes (2256 pages) and took about twenty-five years to write Although it concentrates on Persian literature, it also surveys all aspects of Persian culture from Iranian pre-history to the twentieth century The remarkable freshness and liveliness of Browne's prose will astonish readers In addition to being a work of reference it is book which may be read strictly for pleasure J T P De Bruijn's new introduction surveys the history, significance and continued value of the work

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