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Manijeh Mannani

Associate Dean, Program and Course Planning
Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literature

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Biography

Manijeh Mannani holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta where she is Adjunct Professor. She supervises doctoral theses and coordinates ENGL 212: Poetry and Plays; ENGL 305: Literature for Children; ENGL 307 Women in Literature; ENGL 316: Approaches to Literary Theory and Criticism; ENGL 335: Comparative Literature I; ENGL 336: Comparative Literature II; ENGL 423: Advanced Literary Theory; ENGL 551: Comparative Canadian Literature; ENGL 591: Cultural Studies; and MAIS 638: What I Tell You May Not Be True: Autobiography, Discourse Analysis, and Post-Colonialism.

Professor Mannani is Associate Dean, Program and Course Planning.  She is Series Editor for Mingling Voices.

Teaching/Research Interests

"Dr. Mannani's research and teaching interests include Persian Literature, Comparative Literature, Life-Writing, and Cultural Studies.  Her publications consist of Divine Deviants: The Dialectics of Devotion in the Poetry of Donne and Rumi (Peter Lang, 2007) and Najvā: Selected poems of E.D. Blodgett in Persian (Nasl-i Nuvīn, 2006).  She is the co-editor of Selves and Subjectivities: Reflections on Canadian Arts and Culture (Athabasca University Press, 2012), and Familiar and Foreign: Identity in Iranian Film and Literature (Athabasca University Press, 2015).  Speak Only of the Moon: A New Translation of Rumi (Afshar Publishing, 2015) is a collection of ghazals and other poems by the Persian Sufi poet, Rumi, in English which Dr. Mannani has published in collaboration with Dr. E.D.Blodgett.



Publications

Some of Dr. Mannani’s refereed articles and book chapters are:

“Amorous Pilgrimage: In Pursuit of the Self.” Speak Only of the Moon: A New Translation of Rumi. Afshar Publishing, 2015. 11-31.

"Autobiography and Self-Aggrandizement in Iranian Diasporic Life-Writing: Fatemeh Keshavarz and Azar Nafisi." Familiar and Foreign: Identity in Iranian Film and Literature.  Co-edited with Veronica Thompson.  Athabasca University Press, 2015. 61-83.

“Familiar and Foreign: An Introduction."  With Veronica Thompson. Familiar and Foreign: Identity in Iranian Film and Literature.  Co-edited with Veronica Thompson.  Athabasca University Press, 2015. 3-17.

“Petroleum, Patriarchy, and Power: Women’s Equity in Canada and Iran.”  With Joy Fraser and Lorna Stefanick.  Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy in Canada.  Eds. Meenal Shrivastava and Lorna Stefanick. Athabasca University Press, 2015.

“The Metaphysics of the Heart in the Sufi Poetry of Rumi.”  Religion & Literature 42.3 (2010): 161-168.

"Reading beyond Jasmine and Stars: Reading More than Lolita in Tehran." Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 29.2 (2009): 322-334.

"The Philosophical Fundamentals of Belief in the Mystical Poetry of Rumi and Donne." Religious Studies and Theology 25.2 (2006): 137-160.

"Defamiliarization and the Poetry of e.e. cummings." The Alberta New Music & Arts Review 3/4.4/5 (1999-2002): 37-55.

 "Forugh Farrokhzad's Poetry and the Reader's Experience." Crossing Boundaries—an interdisciplinary journal. Vol.1, No. 1 (Fall 2001): 49-64.

"The Sacred and the Erotic Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi and John Donne: A Comparison." CRCL: Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 27.4 (2000): 625-644.

Updated July 24 2014 by Student & Academic Services

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