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The Afrassiabi Distinguished Lectures in Persian and Iranian Studies presents "Revolution in Rhyme: Official Poets of the Islamic Republic"
The Afrassiabi Distinguished Lectures in Persian and Iranian Studies presents "Revolution in Rhyme: Official Poets of the Islamic Republic"
WhenTuesday, Mar. 10, 2020, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Campus locationKane Hall (KNE)
Campus roomWalker-Ames Room
Event typesAcademics, Lectures/Seminars, Special Events
Event sponsorsThe Afrassiabi Distinguished Lectures in Persian and Iranian Studies and the Persian and Iranian Studies Program in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
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Fatemeh Shams, poet and Assistant Professor in Persian Literature at the University of Pennsylvania will present the 2020 Afrassiabi Distinguished Lecture in Persian and Iranian Studies.

The intense and complex relationship between poetry and power in Iran has a long and important history, with roots stretching back to the medieval Persian courts and beyond. Patrons and leaders have repeatedly sought to leverage the country’s language to build a protective wall, the impact of which was perpetuated by a deeply engrained literary culture. Since the 1979 revolution and the establishment of a new political order, the symbiotic dynamic between poet and ruler has undergone significant, often turbulent, change, as the state turns to language and literature to cement its ideological goals.

This lecture will shine a light on this under-examined area of Persian literature through the framework of two contrasting contemporary praise odes (qasideh), written half a century apart, in 1964 and the present day. In bridging fifty years of profound political and poetic change in Iran, these two odes offer an insightful portrait of how the poet-ruler relationship has changed in modern Iran. What patterns of continuity and change can their words reveal?

This lectureship was established in honor of Hooshang Afrassiabi by his three sons, all alumni of the UW, to honor their father's love of Persian literature.

This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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