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Dr Saeed Talajooy, Lecturer

Dr Saeed TalajooyContact Information
Phone: 01334 463563
Office: Buchanan 121

Convenor: MLitt in Middle Easter Literary and Cultural Studies

Module surgery hours:
Mon 11-1 

Full research profile

Research and Teaching

Saeed Talajooy was born and educated in Iran and began to engage with Persian literature in his teenage years. He studied and then taught English and word literatures in English in Iranian universities and through his teaching became interested in how ideas, characters and images travel across genres, cultures and historical periods. His PhD thesis, ‘Mythologizing the Transition: A Comparative Study of Bahram Beyzaie and Wole Soyinka’ (University of Leeds) marks this interest and his current research suggests the continuity of his engagement with inter-textual and inter-media journeys of ideas.

His current research is on the point of convergence between literary, performance and film studies and on the reflections of the changing patterns of Iranian identity in Persian literature and Iranian theatre and cinema. It involves studying the way Iranian playwrights and filmmakers refashion indigenous dramatic forms, modes of thought, myths, history and classical literary works to recreate their ideal images of Iranian identity, or the way they adapt non-Iranian novels and plays for Iranian stage and screen. It reflects on technical, thematic and intercultural adaptation as a way of promoting or resisting dominant cultural discourses. Another aspect of his research involves comparative studies of cultural resistance in African and Middle Eastern Drama. He has taught world drama in English and English language, literature and drama in Iran, and Persian language and literature, Iranian cinema, and postcolonial and comparative literature in the UK. At the moment he is working on a monograph entitled Modernity and Iranian Drama: Plays and Playwrights, a collection of five Iranian plays in English and his essays on the Iranian theatre.

His teaching includes convening honour modules for higher intermediate Persian and modern Persian literature, and comparative literature modules.

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Research Key Terms

Translation, Postcolonial, Performance and Film Theories; Comparative Studies of Persian Literature and World Literature in English; Persian Language; Iranian Drama, Theatre and Cinema; Modernity and Iranian Culture; Modern Persian Poetry; and Classical Persian Literature, particularly Shahnameh, Khayyam, Baba Taher, Nezami and Rumi.

See also

Forum for the Cultural Studies of Iran

PhD Supervision

Parviz JahedSalour Evaz MalayeriMarouf CabiFarshad Sonboldel


Iranian Studies: Special Issue: Bahram Beyzaie's Cinema and Theater
Talajooy, S. (ed.) 1 Sep 2013 5 ed. New York: Routledge. 135 p.
Research output: ResearchBook

Resistance in Contemporary Middle Eastern Cultures: Literature, Cinema and Music
Laachir, K. (ed.) & Talajooy, S. (ed.) 1 Jan 2013 New York and London: Routledge. 285 p. (Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures)
Research output: ResearchBook

Tabar-e Niroumand: Namayesh va Naqd: (The Strong Breed: A Play with a Critical Study of Wole Soyinka's Life and Works)
Talajooy, S. 2011 Tehran: Nila. 130 p.
Research output: ResearchBook


Rakhshan Bani-Etemad
Talajooy, S. 1 Apr 2017 Drectory of World Cinema: Ira 2. Jahed, P. (ed.). 1 ed. Bristol and Chicago, Vol. 2, p. 62-69 8 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (peer-reviewed)

Bahram Beyzaie
Talajooy, S. 1 Apr 2017 Directory of Worl Cinema: Iran 2 . Jahed, P. (ed.). 1 ed. Bristol and Chicago: INTELLECT LTD, Vol. 2, p. 34-47 14 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (peer-reviewed)

A History of Iranian Drama: 1850-1941
Talajooy, S. 25 Jul 2015 (Accepted/In press) Literature of the Early Twentieth Century: From the Constitutional Period to Reza Shah. Seyed Ghorab, A. A. (ed.). New York, London: IB Tauris, Vol. 11, p. 353-412 59 p. (History of Persian Literature )
Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (peer-reviewed)

History and Iranian Drama: The case of Bahram Beyzaie
Talajooy, S. 2014 Perceptions of Iran: History, Myths and Nationalism from Medieval Persia to the Islamic Republic. Ansari, A. (ed.). London: IB Tauris, p. 183-210 28 p.
Research output: ResearchChapter

The Impact of the Soviet Contact on Iranian Theatre: Abdolhosein Nushin and the Tudeh Party
Talajooy, S. 2013 Empires and Revolution: Iranian-Russian Encounters Since 1800. Cronin, S. (ed.). London and New York: Routledge, p. 324-337 14 p.
Research output: ResearchChapter

Iranian Drama and the Aesthetics of Gender Relations and Religiosity: Mohammad Rahmanian’s Ashaqeh
Talajooy, S. 2013 Resistance in Contemporary Middle Eastern Cultures: Literature, Cinema and Music. Laachir, K. & Talajooy, S. (eds.). Routledge, p. 98-118 21 p.
Research output: ResearchChapter

Directors: Jafar Panahi: The Mirror
Talajooy, S. 2012 Directory of World Cinema: Iran. Chicago: INTELLECT LTD, Vol. 10, p. 36-41, 246-49 10 p.
Research output: ResearchChapter


Intellectuals as sacrificial heroes: a comparative study of Bahram Beyzaie and Wole Soyinka
Talajooy, S. 25 Jul 2015 In : Comparative Literature Studies. 52, 2, p. 379-408 29 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Guest Editor's Introduction: Beyzaie's Formation, Forms and Themes
Talajooy, S. 1 Sep 2013 In : Iranian Studies. 46, 5, p. 689-694 6 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Bahram Beyzaie va Jang-e Jahani-e Dovvom: Revayat-e Eshghal va Degardisi-e Mafhoom-e Mellat
Talajooy, S. 21 Mar 2013 In : Iran Nameh. 28, 1
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Reformulation of Shahnameh Legends in Bahram Beyzaie's Plays
Talajooy, S. 2013 In : Iranian Studies. 46, 5, p. 695-719 25 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Khaneh, Khanevadeh va Shahr: Revayat-e Tajadod dar Kalagh va Shayad Vaghti Digar-e Bahram Beyzaie
Talajooy, S. 21 Mar 2012 In : Iran Nameh. 27, 1
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Indigenous Performing Traditions in Post-Revolutionary Iranian Theater
Talajooy, S. 2011 In : Iranian Studies. 44, 4, p. 497-519 23 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle