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Dominic Brookshaw


Dominic Parviz Brookshaw is Senior Research Fellow in Persian at Wadham, and Associate Professor of Persian Literature at The Oriental Institute. He holds a DPhil from Oxford in medieval Persian poetry, and a BA from Oxford in Arabic with Persian.

The current focus of Professor Brookshaw’s research is the intersection between performance, patronage, and desire in texts produced by poets and other literati who were active in Shiraz in the fourteenth century CE. In his wider research, Brookshaw examines the emergence and genesis of Persian wine poetry in the eastern Iranian lands in the tenth and eleventh centuries, the relationship of this poetry to the earlier Arabic khamriya, the heteroerotic and homoerotic dynamics of Persian and Arabic lyric poetry, and the interplay between the bacchic and the panegyric in the Persian ghazal.

In terms of the modern period, Brookshaw looks at women poets and their royal patrons in the first half of the Qajar period (circa 1797-1848), and he is currently working on a monograph in which he investigates the role played by poetry in the formation of a royal cultural policy in early nineteenth-century Iran. Brookshaw’s research on modern/ist twentieth-century Persian poetry is centred on Iranian poets and their dialogue with (and ultimate subversion of) the Persian poetic canon. His other research interests include poets of the Iranian diaspora, non-Muslim religious minorities in Iran, and Persian language learning.

Before arriving at Wadham in September 2013, Brookshaw taught Persian literature and language at Stanford University (2011-2013), the University of Manchester (2007-2011), McGill University (2005-2007), and the University of Oxford (2002-2005). From 2004-2014 he served as Assistant Editor for Iranian Studies. He is a former member of the Board of the International Society for Iranian Studies, and of the Governing Council of the British Institute of Persian Studies.

Last updated: Aug 2020