Amirhossein Vafa

Sheffield, UK

Born and raised in Shiraz, Amir is currently studying Comparative Literature at the University of Sheffield. Within the past three years, he has been fascinated by the Persian character Fedallah in Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick." Trying to reflect his enthusiasm in a broader dialogue between American literature and Persian Adab, Amir has taken Fedallah to the shores of contemporary Iranian fiction, and has found the character's "lost poem," as it were, amongst the likes of Esmail Fassih, Mahmoud Dowlatabadi, and Simin Daneshvar. The implications here, Amir in convinced, are not far-fetched but far-reaching.

Apart from "Recasting World Literature from 'Moby-Dick' to 'Missing Soluch,'" Amir is also interested in critical perspectives on postcolonial theory; and men, masculinities, and gender relations. His postgraduate journey has so far taken him to Klang Valley in Malaysia and South Yorkshire in the UK--and he cannot wait to find out about his next stop!

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