A Study of Postmodern Elements in Mohammad Reza Kateb’s “Lowness”


  • Hamid Ali Kordkelaei


Along with the creation of the art works, their critical study has always been conducted. The knowledge of the techniques and constitutive elements of art can on the one hand open new horizons before the artists and be influential in the richness and value of the future artists and on the other hand, cast light on the dark sides of the art works, and in this way enlighten the minds of the viewers, audience and readers of these works as regards the depths of art and provide the path for further enjoyment and pleasure. In current essay we have studied postmodern features and elements in the novel of “Lowness” by Mohammad Reza Kateb in order to reveal the quantitt and quality of the presence of postmodern rules and regulations in this work. Mohammad Reza Kateb, though is among the pioneers of “postmodernism” in the field of novel, other great writers have taken major steps in this path before him and presented precious and valuable works in Persian literature. He has certainly taken great advantage of the works of these writers who have helped him to take deeper and more comprehensive steps in this path. Many of his works particularly the novel entitled “Lowness” have taken advantage of this style and method in a way that the world of his novel as compared to other novels is more ambiguous, doubtful and chaotic. The novel “Lowness” is a complicated puzzle in which the characters and events are suspended in the air and the “death of author” can be vividly and easily deduced here. Constitutive elements of postmodernism show themselves in this novel and the author has willingly provided an extensive ground for their parade. In this study we will discuss the most important and frequents ones of these features and elements.