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My name is Omid Azadi. I am a literary critic based at Hunan Normal University, China, and a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany. I did my graduate studies in Comparative Literature and Theory at the University of Leuven (K.U. Leuven), Belgium, and have previously lectured in Hong Kong, Germany and Iran.

In my first book, The Persian Novel: Ideology, Fiction and Form in the Periphery, I explore the influence of epistemological systems on social ideologies that shape and legitimize literary forms. My second book, World Literature and Hedayat’s Poetics of Modernity, revisits the legacy of Sadegh Hedayat, examining how world literature nurtured his imagination and received his diverse and subversive textual constructs simplistically.

I am interested in the mutual influences of literature and society, aesthetics and politics, peripheral modernity, translation, epistemology, and popular culture.

The picture above was taken on a rainy day in March 2011.