Paper Information

Journal:   LITERARY RESEARCH   SUMMER 2007 , Volume 4 , Number 16; Page(s) 199 To 217.
 
Paper: 

AN EXAMINATION OF THE ELEMENT OF TIME IN NARRATIVES WITH A FOCUS ON THE "TRIBAL ARAB DERVISH" IN THE MASNAVI

 
Author(s):  GHOLAM HOSSEINZADEH GH.H., TAHERI GH.A., RAJABI ZAHRA
 
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Abstract: 
Molavi is one of the greatest mystical storytellers in Persian literature who has adopted storytelling to convey didactic and mystical notions. Molavi's Masnavi remains a well-known work throughout the world thanks to his intelligence in understanding the concerns and dimensions of human soul as well as to his grasp of the social traits of the readership, plus his superb skills in applying the delicate techniques of storytelling. It is quite surprising that he had such a mastery of storytelling techniques some seven centuries ago, while critics have only recently discovered its subtleties and techniques. Among these techniques is the skillful use of the time element in narratives. Over the past decades, a French researcher has elaborated on temporality in narratives, presenting is views under three topicsorder, continuity, and frequency. His theory is well known. In this paper we will try to show, based on the French scholar's theory, how Molavi has utilized the time element in the tale "The Tribal Arab Dervish and His Wife". We will also attempt to understand how and to what extent he has made choices in temporal and actual terms, moving from chronological time to textual time. These choices and the particular type of temporality Molavi has applied in the said story are analyzed to see if they have a direct and meaningful relationship with the theme of the tale.
 
Keyword(s): LITERARY CRITICISM, STORY WRITING, TIME, MASNAVI, NARRATIVE, THE TRIBAL ARAB DERVISH AND HIS WIFE
 
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