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The Gender of Poetry: Women Poets or Poets Who are Women!
September 17, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Fatemeh Keshavarz-Karamustafa, born and raised in the city of Shiraz, completed her studies in Shiraz University, and University of London. She taught at Washington University in St. Louis for over twenty years where she chaired the Dept. of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from 2004 to 2011. In 2012, Keshavarz joined the University of Maryland as the Roshan Institute Chair in Persian Language and Literature, and Director of the Roshan Institute Center for Persian Studies.
While appreciating the current research on Iranian women poets, in this presentation I look into the potentially undesirable implications of the category “women poets.” I discuss Poems by Parvin Etesami, Ahmad Shamlou, Forough Farrokhzad and Simin Behbahani in order to explore the pros and cons of gendering their work.