Tuesday, September 29, 2020
4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
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The Medieval & Early Modern History Seminar series features Professor Shahzad Bashir discussing his upcoming monograph.
"Poetic speech is a pearl, connected to the king’s ear.” This statement gestures to words as objects of material value sought by those with power and resources. In his monograph, Shahzad Bashir provides a sense for the texture of the Persian world by discussing what made poetry precious. By focusing on reports on poets’ lives, he illuminates the social scene in which poetry was produced and consumed. Eliciting poetry's close connections to political and religious authority, economic exchange, and the articulation of gender, the study substantiates the interdependency between cultural and material reproduction of society.