James White, Lecturer in Persian
James White is Titular Lecturer in Persian at Wadham and Departmental Lecturer in Persian Literature at the Oriental Institute.
James gained his DPhil in medieval Persian and Arabic literary historiography from Oxford, where he also completed his BA (Persian and Russian).
His research is concerned with how the sections of society involved in the production of literature, including authors, editors, scribes and patrons, constructed and maintained literary canons between the tenth century and the nineteenth century. His first monograph, which is forthcoming with Bloomsbury Academic, is entitled Persian and Arabic Literary Communities in the Seventeenth Century: Migrant Poets between Arabia, Iran and India. In it, he uses previously unstudied manuscripts of seventeenth-century Persian and Arabic literary works that he has brought together from collections in India, Iran, and Europe, to reconstruct intertextual networks of major and minor poets that linked the cities around the Arabian Sea, from Sanʿaʾ to Isfahan and Hyderabad.
Prior to taking up his position at Wadham, James was an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation postdoctoral fellow at Freie Universität Berlin.
Persian and Arabic Literary Communities in the Seventeenth Century: Migrant Poets between Arabia, Iran and India. Forthcoming, Bloomsbury Academic.
“Textual Culture Between Iran and India: The Reproduction of Verse in Nasrabadi’s Biographical Anthology”, IRAN: Journal of the British Institute of Persian Studies, 59/2 (2021), 263-286. https://doi.org/10.1080/05786967.2021.1911762
“On the Road: The Life and Verse of Mir Zeyn al-Din ʿEshq, a Forgotten Eighteenth-Century Poet”, Iranian Studies 53/5-6 (2020), 789-820. https://doi.org/10.1080/00210862.2019.1642738
“Reading In, Looking Out: Hermeneutics by Implication in a Fifteenth-Century Anthology”, Iranian Studies 52/5-6 (2019), 947-972. https://doi.org/10.1080/00210862.2019.1617033
“Mamluk Poetry, Ottoman Readers, and an Enlightenment Collector: An Appendix to the Nuzha of Ibn Sūdūn”, Journal of Islamic Manuscripts, 9/2-3 (2018), 272-307. https://doi.org/10.1163/1878464X-00902011