Dominic Parviz Brookshaw to deliver inaugural Maziar Maghsoodnia Persian Poetry Reading

March 4, 2022

The inaugural Maziar Maghsoodnia Persian Poetry Reading will be given by Dr. Dominic Parviz Brookshaw, Senior Research Fellow in Persian and Professor of Persian Literature at Wadham College, University of Oxford. The event will be titled An Earthly Paradise or a City Teeming with Rabble? Shiraz as depicted in the poetry of Hafez and his contemporaries.

Friday, March 4, 2022, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
David Brower Center | 2150 Allston Way, Suite 100 | Berkeley, CA 94704
Space is limited. This event will also be available via Zoom
Registration is required

Dominic Parviz Brookshaw is Professor of Persian Literature at the University of Oxford, and Senior Research Fellow in Persian at Wadham College. From 2015-2020, Dominic served 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 Association for Iranian Studies, and the Governing Council of the British Institute of Persian Studies. His latest book, Hafiz and His Contemporaries: Poetry, Performance, and Patronage in Fourteenth-century Iran (Bloomsbury, 2019), was awarded the Saidi-Sirjani Book Award in 2020. Dominic's current book project is a study of early Qajar poetry and this academic year, he is the recipient of a British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship. For the first time in any scholarly monograph, in Dominic's new book, the poetry of women, provincial litterateurs, and members of ethno-linguistic and heterodox religious communities will be read alongside that produced by elite men to unpack the gender and centre-periphery dynamics at play in the Bazgasht-i adabi, Iran's last truly indigenous literary movement.

The Maghsoodnia Persian Poetry Reading was made possible by generous gifts from the Maghsoodnia family and friends in memory of Maziar Maghsoodnia, the Department of Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures, and the Division of Arts & Humanities. The Maziar Maghsoodnia Poetry Fund supports Persian literature, especially Persian poetry, in the Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures.

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