The Dance of the Rose and the Nightingale

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Syracuse University Press, 01.02.2002. - 324 страница
This is an extraordinary autobiography of a young girl growing up in Iran. The daughter of an English Christian mother and an Iranian Zoroastrian father, Nesta Ramazani sketches her personal life story against the backdrop of a society marked by the fusion of Iranian, Islamic, and Western cultures, and by the efforts of an authoritarian state to force modernization on a traditional society. Within this multicultural tapestry of personal, cultural, and national life, the author portrays how she came to love Persian and Western music, poetry, and dance. But translating this love into practice seemed an insurmountable task until an American woman pioneered the establishment of the first indigenous Iranian ballet company. As a member of this troupe, the author violated convention, performing first in her native land and then traveling abroad to exhibit this beautiful synthesis of Persian/Western forms to foreign audiences. The significance of this work transcends an autobiography penned by an Iranian woman—still a taboo in traditional Iranian society—it is a unique microcosm of today’s universal quest for a dialogue among civilizations. Ramazani’s story will appeal not only to students of Iran, the Middle East, and women’s studies, but also to general readers.
 

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Daring to Dance
xvii
Winged Gods
12
Guardian of the Flame
21
The Fire Worshipers
31
Two Worlds
41
Managing the Servants
56
In a Persian Market
68
In a Persian Garden
75
The Joy of Dancing
162
Greasepaint and Black Gold
173
New Dreams
186
Where East Meets West
194
The Special Devotion of Love
204
Revolt in the Ranks
222
New Horizons
235
New Beginnings
246

Summer Escapades
86
Caravan
99
Lire and Death
111
Ave Maria
121
Cotton and Fire
136
Picking Up the Pieces
148
The Garden or the Martyrs
255
The Gathering Storm
265
Leap into the Unknown
280
Epilogue
290
Glossary
293
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Nesta Ramazani is a writer, lecturer, and founding member of the Iranian National Ballet Company. She is the author of Persian Cooking: A Table of Exotic Delights. She has also written many articles on the subject of Middle Eastern women, which have appeared in the Middle East Journal, Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Affairs, and Middle East Insight. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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