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Virginia Woolf night in Tehran

TEHRAN, Dec.29 (ISNA)-The 20th century British writer Virginia Woolf was remembered at Iran's Artists Home in Tehran. In the ceremony, the editor of Bokhara Literary Monthly, Ali Dehbashi and the Iranian short story writer, Nahid Tabatabaei presented a brief biography of Woolf and also discussed her obvious influence on her contemporary colleagues as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the 20th century.

"In the 1920's there initiated a movement entitled "New Women" in Britain and the U.S. that ignited a new fire in women's call for independence," stated Tabatabaei.

"Women's opposition with the present laws led their demands and needs to the newspapers of the time and thereon to story writing. So that by the end of the 19 century we had more than 100 novels and thousands of short stories that concentrated on the Women themes," she went on to say.

"The second half of the 19th century was a time for the acceleration of women rights and modifications. New questions were posed for and by women: What is the nature of women? What is their role? What is their destiny? All these questions were classified as women questions," she added.

"Another point is the psychological aspect of this movement. Sigmund Freud published his first work "Studies on Hysteria" in 1895 and then "Interpretation of Dreams" in 1899 thus causing a revolution among the intellectuals of his time. The progress of story writing and the simultaneous birth of psychotherapy were proved through experiment, experience and science. Fancy and dreams were liberated from intelligence and external limitations," she commented.

Also in another part of the ceremony, another lecturer, Mehdi Ghebraei offered comments on Woolf's famous novel "The Waves".

"This novel is written in 9 chapters. At the beginning of each chapter and without numbering there are two or three pages in italics that concentrate on the past. Woolf somehow acknowledges them as "interludes" but I presume to entitle them "paintings" because in my point of view they come very close to the nature of Impressionist paintings," stated Ghebraei.

"One of the most outstanding traits of "The Waves" is that it is written in a very profound poetic language and style. It is also said that until its publishing date in 1931, not one novel could be found that reconciled prose and poetry alike," he added.

In other parts of the ceremony, some pages of Virginia Woolf's dairy were read to the audience, in Persian.

Also a documentary film on Woolf's life and habits entitled "The Inward Battle" (A portrait of Virginia Woolf) was represented.

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