عنوان مقاله [English]
Rewriting of the old literary works has considerably flourished in the recent decades. That many literary texts have been rewritten for different age groups of children and young adults testifies to the significance of these texts for these age groups. In rewriting, “after selecting the original old text and simplifying it, fictional spaces are created by establishing elements of time and place for events, and then, new structures are built for the stories by expanding the plot” (Najafi-Behzadi & Safari, 2015: 72).
It is not easy for young adults to read the intricate tales of Mathnavi and understand the protean thoughts of Mowlana; therefore, writers of children and young adult literature undertake the task of rewriting the long stories of Mathnavi in the form of independent shorter stories to help readers find their way in the intricate tales (ibid, 72).
Seyed Ishaq Shojaei has rewritten one of the tales of Mathnavi, “The King and the Maid”, with the new title “Love’s Alchemy” in his collection of stories, The Ladder of the Sun.