Award funds exploration of Iranian literature

26th April 2021

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Congratulations to Wadham Fellow Dominic Brookshaw who has been awarded a BA/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship.

  • Dominic Parviz Brookshaw

    Dominic Parviz Brookshaw

The 12-month fellowship (1 October 2021 – 30 September 2022) allows him to complete the writing of his second monograph, provisionally titled Literary Resurgence: Centre, Periphery, and Gender in the Poetry of Early Qajar Iran.

This monograph will be the first in any European language on the poetry of early nineteenth-century Iran. 

Describing the project Dominic said: “I will examine the neoclassical Bazgasht-i adabi (‘literary return’) movement that shaped the production and appreciation of poetry in Qajar Iran, and investigate Iranian views of Persian literary history before Orientalist interference. 

"The Bazgasht-i adabi’s impact on Iranian literary taste lasted well into the twentieth century and gave rise to a chauvinistic view of the Persian poetic past. For these reasons alone, a serious examination of early Qajar poetry is long overdue. 

"My book will map dynastic efforts to embed the Bazgasht-i adabi throughout Iran and, for the first time in a scholarly study, I will use the poetry of women, provincial litterateurs, and members of ethno-linguistic and heterodox religious communities to unpack the centre-periphery dynamics at play in Iran’s last indigenous literary movement. In addition to being a work of literary criticism, my book will serve as an anthology of Qajar poetry with each chapter featuring translations of poems never studied before in English.” 

The prestigious British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships are highly competitive with only a handful of awards made across the UK every year.

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