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Athabasca University

Manijeh Mannani

Interim Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Professor, Literary Studies

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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 the courses listed on this page.

Professor Mannani is Associate Dean, Program and Course Planning. She is Series Editor for Mingling Voices and is on the Editorial Board of Religious Studies and Theology.

Teaching/Research Interests

Dr. Mannani's research and teaching interests include Persian literature, comparative literature, poetry, and life-writing. 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 Perspectives on Comparative Canadian Literature: A Tribute to E.D. Blodgett (CRCL: Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, forthcoming); Shades of Truth: Iranian Short Fiction of the Fifth Generation in Translation (Mazda Publishers, 2019); Familiar and Foreign: Identity in Iranian Film and Literature (Athabasca University Press, 2015); and Selves and Subjectivities: Reflections on Canadian Arts and Culture (Athabasca University Press, 2012). Speak Only of the Moon: A New Translation of Rumi (Guernica Editions, 2017) is a collection of ghazals and other poems by the Persian Sufi poet, Rumi, in English which she has published in collaboration with E.D.Blodgett.



Publications

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

“Iranian Short Fiction of the Fifth Generation: An Introduction.” With Elli Dehnavi. Shades of Truth: Iranian Short Fiction of the Fifth Generation in Translation. Co-edited with Elli Dehnavi and Veronica Thompson. Costa Mesa, California: Mazda Publishers, 2019. ix-3.

“Azardokht Bahrami, ‘Tuesday Nights.’ ” Shades of Truth: Iranian Short Fiction of the Fifth Generation in Translation. Co-edited with Elli Dehnavi and Veronica Thompson. Costa Mesa, California: Mazda Publishers, 2019. 31-52.

“Reflections on the Work of E. D. Blodgett as Poet and Translator.” CRCL: Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 45.4 (2018): 534-538.

“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 May 28 2020 by Student & Academic Services

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