What Kind of Wine did Rudaki Fancy?

Bilingual Lecture Series

What Kind of Wine did Rudaki Fancy?

A lecture in English by Kamran Talattof (University of Arizona)

Monday, October 09, 2017
2:00 PM
121 Dodd Hall

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One of the earliest Persian poets, Rudaki (859–941), employed the word wine within a wide semantic register in his poems. However, his unicity is most manifest when the process of wine making is depicted within a highly allegorical poem entitled “Mother of Wine.” Through contextual, historical, and discursive analyses, it is argued that this poem—written in the form of a qasideh—was composed for the purpose of being performed for an audial audience, and thus reflected the conscious cultural discourse of the Samanids (819–999 – the first Iranian dynasty following the Arab conquest of Persia), who deemed themselves heirs to past, pre-Islamic grandeur, and sought to connect both in content and form (here the performativity of the poem) with the Sasanian empire (ca. 224–651).

Kamran Talatof (Ph.D. Univ. of Michigan, 1996) is the Roshan Institute Chair in Persian and Iranian Studies, as well as the chair of the Roshan Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Persian and Iranian Studies, at the University of Arizona. Many of his research and publications focus on issues of gender, sexuality, ideology, culture, and language pedagogy. He examines how cultural artifacts are created both within, and in response to, prevalent social conditions, political ideologies, and the dominant discourses of sexuality. Talattof is the author, co-author, and co-editor of more than a dozen books and tens of articles including the award-winning Modernity, Sexuality, and Ideology in Iran: The Life and Legacy of a Popular Female Artist. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.


Cost : Free and open to the public


Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, Iranian Studies, with the major support of the Amuzegar Chair in Iranian Studies, and the Musa Sabi Term Chair of Iranian Studies, and with the generous support of the Farhang Foundation.