Metaphors of authorship in medieval Persian prose: A preliminary study

Julia Rubanovich*

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This article examines some strategies in the formation of the authorial personal voice in medieval Persian prose until the second half of the 7th/13th century. It studies four metaphors found in the prefaces to a range of prose compositions. The metaphors include a widely spread 'a book as a bride' simile; book as merchandise, book as a garden, as well as likening a book to a newborn. The subtle images of embellishing, cherishing, and procreation suggest the process of 'bringing forth one's own' and thus legitimize the authors' ownership of their works.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)127-135
Number of pages9
JournalMiddle Eastern Literatures
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2009


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