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The Alireza Ahmadian Lectures in Iranian and Persianate Studies Present: Earthly or Ethereal? The Beloved in Classical Persian Poetry
Abstract:
It seems that the controversies over the nature of the beloved in classical Persian poetry as an earthly or ethereal phenomenon would never end. Those in favor of the celestial reading of it (who particularly enjoyed more fortune after the 1979 Islamic revolution) consider their counterparts with close affinities for an earthly beloved to be narrow-minded. The adherents of terrestrial love (who have not favored many academic voices, inside Iran due to the hegemony of the Islamicists, and in diaspora, because of the dominance of Islamic Studies in Religious Departments), though, see mystical readings dogmatic and outdated, prevailed by traditionalists...

Guest Speaker:
Mahdieh Vali-Zadeh, PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature, University of Toronto

Mahdieh Vali-Zadeh is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Comparative Literature/University of Toronto and a graduate of Harvard World Literature program. Mahdieh is now focused on writing her comparative dissertation, which concerns the reception of British Orientalist scholarship of Persian mysticism on the matter of the ‘self’, both individual and national, in two different but related frameworks: among the British Romantic poets of the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century, and the Iranian intellectuals of the early to mid-twentieth century. Her comparative Masters’ thesis on the matter of the sublime in Rumi and Wordsworth’s poetry was nominated for Best American Comparative Literature Association Master Thesis Award from York University.

May 29, 2021 11:00 AM in Vancouver

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