Autumn 2019 NELC/Humanities Scholars Lecture Series
Each semester, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, in partnership with the OSU Humanities Scholars Program, hosts a lecture series on topics of broad interest to students and the OSU community. The Autumn 2019 Lecture Series will include talks scheduled for October 16, 23, and 29.
Courtiers and Courtesans, Princesses and Prostitutes: the Forgotten Women of Medieval Persian Poetry with Dr. Dick Davis
Look in any anthology of "classical" (i.e. medieval) Persian poetry and you would be lucky to find more than two women poets listed, and it's always the same two. But in reality there were fine women poets writing in Persian in virtually every generation from the 10th century on; this talk will examine the work of four of these poets and the extraordinary range of their poetry (witty, feisty, bawdy, plaintive, grieving, angry, contemptuous …).