The Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Lecture Series: Women Poets

When and Where

Friday, June 11, 2021 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Online Lecture via Zoom


Dominic Brookshaw


Feminine Interventions: Early Qajar Women Poets and Their Engagement with the Bazgasht-i adabi

The Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Institute of Iranian Studies presents its Lecture Series: Women Poets with Professor Dominic Brookshaw, University of Oxford.

Conventional scholrship has very little to say about the involvement of women poets in the trajectory of the neoclassical Bazgasht-i adabi ("literary return movement") in early Qajar Iran. Overlooked in the scholarship or dismissed as marginal, the evidence presented in this lecture will show that, as the process of the institutionalisation of the Bazgasht-i adabi accelerated in Tehran, there existed women poets active in literary communities beyond the new capital whose poetry was progressing in line with the court-sponsored aesthetic parameters.

Dominic Parviz Brookshaw is Associate Professor of Persian Literature at the University of Oxford, and Senior Research Fellow Persian at Wadham College. 

Co-sponsors: Toronto Initiative for Iranian Studies; Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations; Department of History; Department of Historical Studies; Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies-UTM; Cinema Studies Institute; Centre for Comparative Literature; Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity; Department of English (Ryerson University), and Iran Namag: A Quarterly of Iranian Studies

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Convenors: Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi (, Khatereh Sheibani (, Leila Pourtavaf (, Azita Taleghani ( or Arshavez Mozafari (