Paper Information

Journal:   LITERARY RESEARCH   SUMMER 2007 , Volume 4 , Number 16; Page(s) 115 To 136.
 
Paper: 

THE ROLE OF NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION IN MOLAVI'S STORYTELLING

 
 
Author(s):  DANESH GAR M.*
 
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Abstract: 

Dialog constitutes the core of Molavi's storytelling. In the Masnavi, the channel and circuit of communication, which is the conveying of a notion from a mind to another, is the characters' dialog, it forms the basis and skeleton of the stories. But Molavi has used another type of communication in many of his stories as well, it is called "nonverbal communication" in modern Communication Studies and Sociology. Molavi's turning to this device in expressing delicate and profound ideas demonstrates his full knowledge of the similarities and differences between verbal and nonverbal communication. Molavi had to utilize this scholarly technique, notably in certain circumstances - which is the focus of this very article - given its greater reliability, longer continuity, multiple channels of communication, cultural component, and symbolic nature, as well as its potential in preventing possible misinterpretations, which are a recurrent characteristic of most verbal communication. This article opens with an explanation of the term "nonverbal communication", followed by an overview of the principles of nonverbal communication and its features, as well as its similarities and differences with verbal communication. All this is done with reference to scholarly sources. Next comes an account of Molavi's way of using this communication method in the Masnavi, particularly in storytelling there. I will also refer to the cases where the said technique has been successful in conveying Molavi's ideas to his readership, as well as the points he has emphasized in this regard. Through the use of poetic examples and instances, the article seeks to shed light on this structural pattern of Molavi's storytelling. The paper ends with a conclusion.

 
Keyword(s): NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION, MOLAVI'S MASNAVI, THE LANGUAGE OF MASNAVI, VERBAL COMMUNICATION
 
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