Iranian Political Satirists
Experience and motivation in the contemporary era
This volume surveys political satire as a journalistic genre in Iran since the latter days of the Qajar dynasty to the present, thus spanning one century and more. It is an important resource, but it also provides an analysis. Moreover, this volume is a rare effort to answer a question that looks simple but is very complicated: “Why would someone produce satire, knowing that this act might be followed by dangerous consequences?”, and to find out what motivates political satirists. For this aim, nine prominent political satirists have been interviewed: writers and cartoonists, men and women, those who live abroad and those who still live in Iran. The author analyses this data in relation to, among other things, the main theories of humor to provide a descriptive report for each satirist’s motivations as well as the strength of each motivational element in a general comparative context.
[Topics in Humor Research, 5] 2017. x, 213 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction: The book, the topic and the author
Chapter 2. Tradition and inheritance: Humor and satire in classical Persian literature
Chapter 3. Modern experience: Political satire in contemporary Iranian media
Chapter 4. Theoretical approaches to humor and satire
Chapter 5. A conceptual and theoretical framework
Chapter 6. Exploring the data: Methodology and process
Chapter 7. Arriving at insights: Findings from research
Chapter 8. Drawing conclusions
Epilogue. Notes and comments on the study
“Dr. Farjami, a talented self-exiled Iranian satirist, has written an interesting and revealing book on the problems that contemporary political satirists face in Iran, and analyzed their motivations in choosing to be the wayfarers on this dangerous road. Apart from surveying a millennia of Persian satire and analyzing the writings of some Iranian satirists in the light of modern theories of satire, he based his research on interviews with nine satirists, of which only four live in Iran. These interviews are extremely interesting and they shed light on the universal fight of satirist in his or her battle for social justice.”
Hasan Javadi, author of Satire in Persian Literature
“Revealing the rich world and traditions of satire in Iranian culture, this book speaks equally to students of satire, politics and humour. It examines the cutting-edge world of contemporary Iranian satire in full and fascinating detail. At the same time, it illuminates the unbroken links in the “tanz” tradition that reaches back to an antiquity largely unknown to the Western world. This invaluable study by a scholar who practises what he studies frames the authentic voices of his fellow practising satirists with the theoretical and analytical approaches developed by humour studies. An excellent contribution to an important book-series.”
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