One Poet Among Many: Hafez and the Transregional Literary Networks of 14th-Century Iran

Friday September 27, 2019
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
UBC Robson Square

سلسله سخنرانی‌های ایران‌شناسی و فارسی‌پژوهی علیرضا احمدیان

شاعری در میان شعرا: حافظ و شبکه‌های ادبی فرامنطقه‌ای در ایرانِ قرن چهاردهم

سخنران: دکتر دومینیک پرویز بروکشا، دانشیار ادبیات فارسی، دانشگاه آکسفورد

حافظ در ذهن و زبان بسیاری از ایرانیان و فارسی‌زبانان جایگاه ویژه‌ای دارد، چندان که گاه او را ترجمه‌ناپذیر و قیاس‌ناپذیر با دیگر شعرا، چه فارسی‌زبان و چه غیرفارسی‌زبان می‌دانند. دکتر پرویز بروکشا، دانشیار ادبیات فارسی در دانشگاه آکسفورد در این سخنرانی می‌کوشد دیدگاه تازه‌ای دربارهٔ حافظ به ما عرضه کند، دیدگاهی که بر مبنای آن، حافظ را نباید به‌صورت شاعری منفرد و جدا از حلقهٔ شعرای هم‌عصرش، بلکه در دل چنان مناسبات ادبی و شاعرانه‌ای و با توجه به روابط ادبی و سیاسی او با شعرای معاصرش، چه در شیراز و چه حتی دورتر، در تبریز و بغداد، مطالعه کرد و شناخت.


Thank you to everyone who attended this event on Friday, September 27, 2019. To view photos, click here; to listen to the audio of Dr. Brookshaw’s lecture, click here.

Hafez of Shiraz (d.1390) is arguably the most famous of medieval Iran’s great poets. More than six centuries after his death, Hafez’s verses continue to inspire, console, and provoke us today. Though undoubtedly a giant in the Persian poetic canon, Hafez has for far too long been studied in splendid isolation. There are many who still believe that Hafez’s poetry is incomparable and should not be read in tandem with that of others. But the truth is that Hafez was but one poet among many in fourteenth-century Iran who worked alongside one another in a profoundly competitive and intertextual environment. Hafez and his contemporaries imitated one another’s poems, challenged one another repeatedly in verse, and vied with one another to secure lucrative royal patronage. This lecture will examine the motivations behind these acts of imitation in order to present a more balanced reading of Hafez, one that stands in opposition to the traditional depiction of the poet, and is, consequently, more faithful to Hafez’s historical reality.

Dominic Parviz Brookshaw is Associate Professor of Persian Literature at the University of Oxford, and Senior Research Fellow in Persian at Wadham College, Oxford. From 2011-2013 he was Assistant Professor of Persian Literature and Comparative Literature at Stanford University. Professor Brookshaw currently serves on the Editorial Board of Middle Eastern Literatures and, for a decade (2004-2014), he served as 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. Professor Brookshaw has published widely on medieval and modern Persian poetry. His monograph, Hafiz and His Contemporaries: Poetry, Performance, and Patronage in Fourteenth-century Iran was published in February 2019 by Bloomsbury.


About the Alireza Ahmadian Lectures in Iranian and Persianate Studies: Alireza Ahmadian (1981 – 2019) was an enthusiastic researcher, a consummate socio-political analyst, and an opinion leader on foreign policy who nurtured the virtues of diplomatic dialogue and liberal democracy. Alireza was a proud and devoted UBC alumnus, supporter of UBC’s Department of Asian Studies, and beloved member of Canadian-Iranian Community. The department renamed this lecture series in his honour in 2019. Alireza’s friends in the community have provided funding to support this series, and this generous gift will see these important academic and community engagement events supported through to the end of the 2025/2026 academic year. Read More …
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