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Jalil Moshayedi

Jalil Moshayedi

Academic rank: Professor
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3769-2464
Education: PhD.
Faculty: Literature and Languages
Address: Arak University


The Study of Modernism in Simin Daneshvar’s Novel Wondering Island
Modernism, Novel, Wandering Island, Hussein Payandeh, Simin Daneshvar
Journal International Journal of English Language and Translation Studies
Researchers Azadeh Khalifi ، Jalil Moshayedi


The novel Wondering Island was published in 1993 and has been widely welcomed by scholars and critics. Payandeh (2004) believes that despite the popularity of Simin Daneshvar in modern literature, her works have not yet been the subject of critical reading as they should be. From the perspective of stylistic and philosophical approaches, Payandeh believes that Wandering Island and Wandering Cameleer are postmodern and regarding the initial scene of the novel which is about Hasti’s dream, it carries a modern approach. Considering the significance of these two critical readings, this study aims to investigate modernism in Wondering Island using a qualitative method with an integrated deductive and inductive analysis. By reading this novel closely, it is revealed that contrary to Payandeh's point of view, Wondering Island is not a modern novel. The mere presence of elements similar to modern novels does not transform it into a modern work. This novel represents a building that maintains its certainty and stability in the midst of a chaotic modern society, a solid and beautiful building in a modern space but unrelated to it.