Iranian Studies Webinar Series: Women Poets

When and Where

Friday, February 12, 2021 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Online Lecture via Zoom


Dr. Leila Rahimi Bahmany


Forugh Farrokhzad, Modernity and Madness

This presentation will focus on Forugh Farrokhzad's poetics of modernity. It will delineate the characteristic features of literary modernity which place Farrokhzad among the modernist poets of the 20th century. Among these modernist features is the topic of female madness.

Dr. Leila Rahimi Bahmanyis a research fellow and lecturer of the Persian language at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. Iranian women’s literature and feminist literary theories are her main flelds of research. She has authored several book chapters and encyclopedia articles on Persian literature. Her book, Mirrors of Entrapment and Emancipation: Forugh Farrokhzad and Sylvia Plath was the Latifeh Yarshater Award recipient in 2016. She is currently working on her second monograph dealing with the life and literary works of an Iranian writer Simin Daneshvar.

Organized by the Toronto Initiative for Iranian Studies in collaboration with the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations; the Departmentof History; 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 Departmentof History (York University), and the Department of English (Ryerson University).

Zoom Registration:

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For further information please contact: Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi (; Azita Taleghani (, or Arshavez Mozafari (