At the interface of Self and Other, what theories of the lyric subject are elaborated in Persian literature, both medieval and modern? What are the philosophical foundations underlying discussions of poetic practice and how do these practices in turn affect our understanding of an individual poetics? Is there a point where poetics turns into ethics? And how do we, as members of the Western academy, justify our critical practice with regard to a tradition to which we are, in essence, peripheral?
Morning Session – 10am-12pm
Chair: Lorenzo Bartolucci, Stanford University
Marie Huber, Stanford UniversityOpening Remarks
Alexander Matthew Key, Stanford UniversityConceptual Translation, Aesthetics, and Taxonomy
Domenico Arturo Ingenito, UCLA“When ‘mental contents’ go adrift”: Sa'di's lyric subject, Avicennian psychology, and the internal senses
Jane Mikkelson, University of VirginiaThe Lyric Interim is Full of Color: A Premodern Persian Theory of Poetry
Afternoon Session – 3pm-5pm
Chair: Maria Florence Massucco, Stanford University
Paul Losensky, Indiana UniversityPoetic Designs: Gharaz as a Critical Concept in Mohtasham Kashani’s “Lovers’ Confection”
Prashant Keshavmurthy, McGill UniversityThe Brahman: Xenology in Amīr Khusrow’s Alexandrine Mirror
Vincent Barletta, Stanford UniversityRhythm is Black: Forough Farrokhzad and the Overrunning River of Sound
Faculty and students only. Registration required.