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Dr Saeed Talajooy

Translations,Transpositions – Intergeneric Translation
September 2008 - August 2010

As a UCL Mellon Fellow, Saeed’s research concentrated on the intergeneric translation of western literary and dramatic works in post-revolutionary Iran: translations of plays into puppet operettas and minimalist performances, novels into stage plays and poems into mimes.

Saeed was born and educated in Iran and taught at arriving in the UK in 2003 to do his PhD at the University of Leeds.

  • 2008: PhD in English Literature (Comparative Study of Drama), Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds.
    Thesis: Mythologizing the Transition: A Comparative Study of Bahram Beyzaee and Wole Soyinka. [Abstract]
  • 1998: MA in English Literature, University of Tehran.
    Thesis: Tragedy, Ibsen, O'Neill: A Study in Influence
  • 1995: BA in English Language and Literature, University of Tehran.

  Research Interests

  • Iranian History, Literature, Theatre and Cinema
  • World Literature and Drama
  • World Cinema
  • Cinematic Adaptation of Novels and Plays
  • Contemporary Cultural Theory
  • Postcolonial Representations

Publications: articles in preparation (as at August 2010)

  • Bahram Beyzaee: The Contour in Time (Under revision for Iranian Studies)
  • Intellectuals as Sacrificial Heroes: A Comparative Study of Bahram Beyzaee and Wole Soyinka (Submitted for publication in Comparative Literature Studies)

Publication:c chapters in preparation (as at August 2010)

  • 'Indigenous Performing Traditions in Post-Revolutionary Iranian Theatre' in Thirty Years of On: The Social and Cultural Impacts of Iranian Revolution (Conference Paper, SOAS, University of London) (Submitted to be published by I.B. Tauris is a book compiled by Annabelle Srebreney.)
  • 'The Impact of the Russian Contact on Iranian Theatre: The Case of Nushin' in Empires and Revolution: Iranian-Russian Encounters Since 1800 (Conference Paper, SOAS, University of London) (Under revision to be published by I.B. Tauris in a book compiled by Stephenie Cornin.)
  • 'Modern Historiography and Iranian Theatre: The Case of Bahram Beyzaee' in Historiography & Iran in Comparative Perspective, University of Saint Andrews (Conference Paper, University of St Andrews) (Under revision to be published by I.B. Tauris in a book compiled by Ali Ansari.)

Publications: books in preparation (as at August 2010)

  • Persian. Shahkarhai-e Namayesh Moaser (Masterpieces of Contemporary Drama). The authors include: Ama Ata Aidoo, Amiri Baraka, Caryle Churchill, David Edgar, Femi Osofisan, Harold Pinter, Sam Shepard, Wole Soyinka, and Tom Stoppard. The series, published by Nila Publications (Tehran), will start to appear during summer and autumn 2009, and each book will contain a translation of a major play by a leading playwright, together with a critical commentary. First to appear wil be Soyinka's The Strong Breed, to be followed by his Death and the King's Horseman.
  • English. Masterpieces of Iranian Theatre . The project is in its preliminary stages and Saeed is looking for potential publishers.

 Publications: articles in print, in English

  • ‘Heidegger: Interpretation as Philosophy of Being’ in The Research Journal of the Faculty of Foreign Languages. Tehran: University of Tehran. Autumn 2001, 9: 40-53.

Publications: articles in print, in Persian

  • 'Metamorphosis : The Insect Will Become a Butterfly’ (A Study of Kafaka’s text and the play written and directed by Kooshk Jalali) in Namayesh. February 2000.
  • ‘Pablo Neruda: The Poet of Open Horizons’ (A study of Neruda's life and poetry and a review of the play directed by Koosk Jalali) in Namayesh. February 2000.
  • Golden-Toothed As a Musical World of Pastiche’ (A review of a play, Dandoon Tala [Golden-Toothed] by Davood Mir Bagheri) in Soroosh. October 1999.
  • ‘Richard the Third’ (A review of the text and the performance) in Soroosh. June 1999.
  • The Clan of Blood: A Postmodern Adaptation of King Lear’ (A review of a play written and directed by Atila Pessiani) in Soroosh. June 1999.
  • ‘An Introduction to Modern and Post Modern Literary Criticism’( 12 articles) in Javan. Spring 1999.
  • Blood Wedding: The Disparity between the Text and the Performance’ in Soroosh. April 1999.
  • The Hairy Ape: Struggle between the Individual and Society’ (A study of the text and the performance) in Namayesh. December 1998.
  • John Gabriel Borkman: Dreams Deferred’ (A review of the text and the performance) in Soroosh. December 1998.
  • 'Rostam and Sohrab: the Struggle of Generations’ (A review of a play by Pari Saberi) in Soroosh. October 1998.

Publications: translations in print, English to Persian

  • articles and encyclopaedia entries
  • ‘Adabiiyat’ (Literature), ‘Esteareh’ (Metaphor), ‘Jenas’ (Metonymy), ‘Risheshhaie Ziba’i Shenasi’ (Origins of Aesthetics), ‘Osulgera’i’ (Classicism) in Mashiat Alaei (ed.): Daneshnameh Zibashenasi. Tehran: Farahngestan Honar. [The Persian translation of Michael Kelly (ed.) (1998): Encyclopaedia of Aesthetics. Boston: Oxford University Press.] June 2002.
  • ‘Structuralism and Literary Criticism’ by Gerard Genet in Soroosh. May 1998.
  • books
  • Mashin-e Zaman (a Persian translation of H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine). Tehran: Borhan. February 1997.

 Publications: translations in print, Persian to English

  • articles for the 7th International Festival of Puppet Theater published in Namayesh Bulletins. September 1998.

Teaching training

Post-graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education ( more ...) (a mandatory course for all new lectureres at UCL)

2009- 2010: 'Developing the Curriculum in Higher Educatio': Core Module 2 of UCL Postgraduate Certificate in Curriculum Development in Higher Education, UCL Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching.

2008- 2009: 'Exploring Learning in Higher Education': Core Module 1 of UCL Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, UCL Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching.

Teaching Experience: 2008-2010, UCL and SOAS

Elective module for UCL MA Programme in Film Studies, 2010 (term 2), Iranian Cinema: Gender, Nation and Narration

Contributing to UCL and SOAS MA Courses in Translation Studies and Comparative Literature.

  • Intergeneric and Intersemiotic Translation
  • Literature, Theatre and Cinema
  • Literature and History
  • Literature and Sociology
  • Literature and Postcolonial Studies
  • Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House (Norway, 1879)
  • Dariush Mehrj'i, Sara (Iran, 1992)
  • Joseph Losey, A Doll's House (USA, 1973)
  • Patrick Garland, A Doll's House (USA, 1973)
  • Wole Soyinka, A Dance of the Forests (Nigeria, 1960)
  • Bahram Beyzaee, The Death of Yazgerd (Iran 1979)
  • Wole Soyinka, The Beatification of Area Boy (Nigeria, 1993)
  • Bahram Beyzaee, Killing the Rabid (Iran, 1998)
  • Ama Ata Aidoo, Our Sister Killjoy (Ghana, 1977)
  • Shahrnoosh Parsipoor,Women without Men (Iran, 1990)
  • Shirin Neshat, Women without Men (USA, 2009),

Teaching Experience: 2004-2006, University of Leeds

Approaches to Performance and Theatre

  • August Strindberg, The Father (Sweden 1902)
  • Susan Glaspell, Trifles (USA, 1916)
  • Luigi Pirandello, Six Characters in Search of an Author (Italy, 1921)
  • Amiri Baraka, Dutchman (USA, 1964)
  • Harold Pinter, The Homecoming (UK, 1965)
  • Wole Soyinka, Death and the King's Horseman (Nigeria, 1975)
  • Caryl Churchill, Cloud Nine (UK, 1979

Teaching Experience: 1998-2003, University of Tehran, University of Allameh Tabatabee, University of Ershad-e Damavand

Undergraduate courses in English literature

Translation 1 & 2. Theory and Persian to English & English to Persian translation.

  • Literary Translation 1 & 2. Workshop-based courses on translating short stories and poems).
  • Introduction to Drama: (Arthur Miller and Lorraine Hansberry).
  • Drama 1: (World Drama in English) (Henrik Ibsen, August Strindberg, Eugene O'Neill, Jean Anouilh, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Wole Soyinka, Ama Ata Aidoo, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, David Edgar).
  • Drama2: (Thomas Kid, William Shakespeare, Ben Johnson, John Webster and Thomas Middleton).
  • Literary Criticism 1. Guerin et al A handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature & Vernon Hall’s A short History of Literary Criticism.
  • Literary Criticism 2. Selden and Widdowson’s A Reader's Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory and Selden’s Practicing Theory and Reading Literature.
  • History of English Literature 1 & 2. From Chaucer to Mid 20 th Century, M.H. Abrams (Ed) Norton Anthology of English Literature.
  • Novel 1. Henry Fielding, Jane Austen, E.M. Forster, D.H. Laurence, Scott Fitzgerald and J. D. Salinger.
  • Novel 2. George Eliot, Joseph Conrad, Chinua Achebe, Virginia Woolf, Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, Joseph Heller, Ama Ata Aidoo.
  • Literary Terms. M.H. Abrams A Glossary of Literary Terms.
  • Literary Movements. From Renaissance to Postmodernism , Self-compiled pamphlet and Haghighi’s Literary Movements.


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