Iranian Studies Webinar Series: Women Poets

When and Where

Friday, January 29, 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

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. Dominic currently serves on the Editorial Board of Middle Eastern Literatures and, from 2004 to 2014, he was Assistant Editor for Iranian Studies. He is a former member of both the Board of the International Society for Iranian Studies, and the Governing Council of the British Institute of Persian Studies.

Organized by the Toronto Initiative for Iranian Studies in collaboration with the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations; the Department of Historical Studies; Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies - UTM; the Cinema Studies Institute; the Centre for Comparative Literature; Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity; the Department of History (York University), and the Department of English (Ryerson University).

Zoom link:
(Meeting ID: 899 9478 6727; Passcode: 02jduN)

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