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Dr. Marjan Mohammadi

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Marjan Mohammadi received her PhD in Comparative Literature through a dual doctoral program between Northwestern University and Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 in 2020. Her dissertation “Beyond Redemption: The Crisis of Sovereignty and The Return of Melancholy” situates itself against the complicated backdrop of US/Iran relations since WWII. It makes legible the continuing impact of religion on the formation of political sovereignty and on representations of the self in the novels of Thomas Pynchon, Simin Daneshvar, and Houshang Golshiri. While Pynchon mourns the failure of the liberal ideology of capitalism that is the very basis of the pursuit of individual autonomy and self-determination in the postwar American culture, Daneshvar and Golshiri reflect on the melancholia produced by the loss of Iranian sovereignty during the WWII and its aftermath. Dr. Mohammadi’s articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the journals of Comparative Critical Studies and The Middle East. She has presented her work at the American Comparative Literature Association, the British Comparative Literature Association, and the Societas Iranologica Europaea. Her teaching and research focus on contemporary transnational and global literature, Middle Eastern literature and culture, political theory, psychoanalysis, and translation.