Abstract

The bloody eight-year war between Iran and neighboring Iraq left behind a large body of war literature that subsequently played a significant role in shaping the culture of postrevolutionary Iran. This paper describes and analyzes the major themes in the Persian official war poetry, called Islamic Republican poetry (Shi‘r-i Jumhūrī-i Islāmī), which shaped a large body of the postrevolution official literature. Through a socio-literary analytical approach, the paper tackles the ideology of warfare developed by the Islamic Republic during the war and also investigates the way in which this ideology was manifested in the official war poetry of 1980–88.1 By focusing on the mutual interaction between the official poets and the political establishment, the paper sheds light on the formation of the poetics and politics of the Iran–Iraq war.

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