Oct. 13: “Contradiction in Hafiz’s Poetry,” Mehdi Harandi

Join us October 13th at 4:30 pm in the Farouk Mustafa lecture room (Pick 218) for a talk in Persian by Mehdi Harandi:

تناقض در شعر حافظ
شعر حافظ، آنجا که جهان‌بینی و دیدگاه فکری او‌ را نشان می‌‌دهد، گاه، ضدّ و نقیض است.  بسیاری از حافظ پژوهان یا، با نادیده گرفتن این تضادها، او‌ را وابسته به یک مکتب فکری خاص دانسته‌اند، و یا سعی‌ کرده‌اند تا توجیهی برای این تضادها بیابند.  در این گفتار، پس از یک بررسی کوتاه از این نظریه‌ها، سعی‌ خواهیم کرد تا نشان دهیم که تضاد در شعر حافظ نتیجه‌ی نابسامانی یا دگرگونی فکری او‌ نیست، بلکه حاصل شعور و نبوغ هنری اوست که از شعرش آینه‌ای می‌‌سازد برای تصویرهای متفاوت، نه‌ یک قاب برای تصویری خاص

Contradiction in Hafiz’s Poetry

Hafez’s poetry, when he expresses his world views and his philosophy of life, at times includes contradictions.  Many literary studies of Hafez’s poetry have either ignored such contradictions (thus, associating him with a specific school of thought), or tried to explain them away.  In this talk, after a brief review of some of these studies, we will try to show that what seems to be contradiction in Hafez’s poetry is indeed due to his artistic genius, by which he has created a mirror to reflect many views on an ideological issue, rather than framing a particular school of thought on that issue.

Recordings ‘from the archives’

We are pleased to share recordings of the following nine Persian Circle presentations, which took place during the winter and spring of 2013. These have never been posted before (and indeed were feared lost in a hard drive crash). Without further ado:

  • 16 Jan. 2013Prof. Maryam Mosharraf of Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran – Nowruz (and the Persian language) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (download)
  • 23 Jan. 2013Prof. Saeed (Yousef) Ghahremani of the University of Chicago – The differences between poetry (she‘r) and verse (nazm): the views of Iranian poets and critics (download)
  • 27 Feb. 2013Prof. Dominic Parviz Brookshaw of Oxford University (he was at Stanford at the time) – Women Poets of the Fath-‘Ali Shah Period (in English) (download)
  • 3 Apr. 2013 – Prof. Saeed (Yousef) Ghahremani of the University of Chicago – The Challenges of Doing the Impossible: Translating Western Poetry into Persian (Brecht’s example) (download)
  • 17 Apr. 2013Elham Mireshghi of UC Irvine – An Anthropological View of Kidney Sales in Iran (download)
  • 24 Apr. 2013Students in Prof. Franklin Lewis’ Masnavi seminar discuss their term paper research (mixed English/Persian) (download)
  • 1 May 2013Maryam Sabbaghi of the University of Chicago – Beaming Faces and Friendly Clowns: My Internship at the Mahak Hospital (download)
  • 15 May 2013Nazafarin Lotfi, Chicago-based artist – A Look at What Has Passed: From Tehran’s College of Fine Arts to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (download)
  • 29 May 2013Mohammad Sagha of the University of Chicago – Mahya: A film in the search of death, spirituality, and resurrection (download)

Parvin E’tesami

Let me thank once again our guest speakers Prof. Saeed Ghahremani and Dr. Farrokh Asadi for their wonderful discussion and of Parvin E’tesami and screening of the new film about her life, “A Chapter of Being” (فصلی از هستی). Their comments are recorded in two separate files, which, as usual, can be downloaded as MP3s or accessed through the embedded player. با سپاس

Leili Adibfar and the Parsagon Project

Once again, I would like to thank Leili Adibfar, co-founder and Associate Editor of the Parsagon Review, for introducing us to the online journal of the Par[s]agon Project. For those who couldn’t make it, you can listen to the session by downloading the MP3 or using the player below.

Next week will be a film on the poetry of Parvin E’tesami; stay tuned for details!

Avisheh Mohsenin speaks on Pasfarda

Avisheh Mohsenin gave a wonderful presentation about Pasfarda and its latest activities. For full details, please see the attached PDF she has created for us. You can also download her talk by clicking on this link or by using the player below.

If you want to join the Pasfarda email list to be updated on future events, you can fill out the form in at the following URL: http://www.pasfarda.com/Contact.aspx or email them at contact@pasfarda.com.

Cameron Cross discusses “Vis o Rāmin”

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, Cameron Cross presented some of his literary research on Vis o Rāmin, a Persian narrative poem written in the mid-11th century CE by Gorgāni. The discussion centered on the poem’s portrayal of characters’ falling in love. Cameron’s remarks, and the Q&A that followed, were recorded. You can listen to it here.

Teaching Persian in Tajikistan

Dr. James Clark, Ms. Niyavarani, Ms. Fazeli, and Ms. Zendebad, all of whom work with the Persian CLS (Critical Language Scholarship) program in Tajikistan, talk about their  experiences and challenges of teaching American students Persian in Tajikistan. Listen to the talk here.

Saeed Ghahremani: Torbati Dialect, a Khorāsāni Dialect, and the Struggle to Keep It Alive through Poetry

گویش تربتی، یکی از گویشهای خراسان، و تلاش برای زنده نگه داشتن آن از طریق شعر

You can listen to the talk here. The ghazal that we listened to can be downloaded here. The pictures from the slide show are displayed below.

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