The challenges of writing Kurdish literary history: Representation, classification, periodisation

Farangis Ghaderi

Abstract

Writing Kurdish literary history, that is a historical account of the development ofKurdish literature, is a fairly new project. Literary critics have strived to construct a comprehensive narrative of the evolution of poetry and prose and to classifyindividual works into certain schools and movements. Doing so, however, has proved to be a challenging task for Kurdish literature predominantly due to the lack ofadequate knowledge of classical, and even contemporary, literature as a consequence of sizeable unpublished or lost manuscripts. In fact, the scarcity of knowledge on classical literature has left critics with a fragmented and episodic picture of Kurdish literary history. In this article I evaluate Kurdish literary historiography in the light of the scarcity of information and examine its ideological foundation and methodological problems. I discuss the significance of collecting, editing and publishing documents and manuscripts as a crucial step in rewriting Kurdish literary history and the way this might change our understanding of Kurdish literature.

Keywords: Kurdish literature; literary history; literary canon; manuscript; classification; periodisation.

Asteng li ber niva tara edebiyata kurd Pke?kirin, tesnkirin, qonaxbend/h4>

Niva tara edebiyata kurd anku niva tara werar ge?eya edebiyata kurd hewldaneke nye. Rexnegir edebhewla wyekdane ku weyekgi?tg ?ir pex?ana kurdbikin berhem niveran jdi nav rewt hereket edebde bisenifin. Lbel ev yek kar erkekzehmet e di rveya edebiyata kurdde, lewre windab an belavneba gelek ji destnivan nahe ku zanyariy saxlem berfireh bi dest bikevin li ser edebiyata klas hevrx. Lewma bi tenzanyariy belawela hene li ber destme sebaret bi tara edebiyata kurd Ev gotar binemay eoloj/hizry tarniviya edebiyata kurdkey wy modoloj rave dike baldike ser girgiya berhevkirin, amadekirin belavkirina belge destnivaran wek pgaveke esasdi jine-niva tara edebiyata kurdde, hewldanek ku dikare tihi?tina me li ser edebiyata kurdbiguhere.

Keywords

literary history; literary schools; kurdish manuscripts;

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