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Journal:   MYTHO-MYSTIC LITERATURE JOURNAL (PERSIAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE JOURNAL)   fall 2018 , Volume 14 , Number 52 #M00588; Page(s) 65 To 94.

The Mythical Deep-Structures in the Works of Mohebali; A Case Study: The Grey Spell

Myths depict interpretations of ancient man about phenomena. Myth is a kind of discourse that its deep-structure is fact and story is its sub-structure. Based on their ideology and the socio-historical conditions of their time, contemporary writers endeavor to revive myths. The revival of myth in the literary works is a result of socio-philosophical visions of their writers. To express and envision their views, the contemporary writers use symbolic names and archetypes. In her stories, Mahsa Mohebali, Iranian contemporary writer and novelist, has used myths for narrative, semantic and feminist purposes. By using the analytic-descriptive method and based on psychoanalysis theories, the present article tries to review ways and reasons of recreating the mythical themes in her works. One of Mohebali's works, The Grey Spell (Nefrine Khakestari) is a novel that its characterizations, themes and atmospheres can only be explained with a mythological approach. In the novel, the writer describes the contemporary Tehran space and conditions of a psychiatric patient; she addresses the subject of psychoanalysis and by these ways, the structure of her novel is expressed by the central character of the story. She uses myths and archetypes to search for identity and to defend the rights of women.
Keyword(s): Archetype.Matriarchy,Mahsa Mohebali,myth,Psychoanalysis
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