Education

PhD, Persian Language and Literature, Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”, Italy (2012)
Proficiency in Persian Language and Literature, Dehkhoda Institute (University of Tehran), Iran (2008)
MA, Comparative Literature (Persian and French), Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”, Italy (2007)
BA, Communication Sciences and Semiotics (Persian and Arabic), Università di Bologna, Italy (2004)

Research

  • Pre-Modern Persian poetry (in particular the history of lyric genres at the intersection of eroticisms and politics)
  • Rhetoric and prosody
  • Hermeneutics
  • Anthropology of ritual and symbolic representations (concepts of kingship, death elegies, poetry as a ritualized cultural performance)
  • Comparative literature (including Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Catalan)
  • Translations studies
  • Gender studies
  • Material culture and its literary reflections
  • Geopoetics and literary archaeology

Publications

Articles, Essays and Book Chapters

  • “Jahān Malik Khātūn: Gender, Canon, and Persona in the Poems of a Premodern Persian Princess”, The Beloved in Middle Eastern Literatures: The Culture of Love and Languishing, eds. Alireza Korangy, Hanadi Al-Samman, Michael Beard, I.B. Tauris, (2017).
  • “Tabrizis in Shiraz Are Worth Less Than a Dog: Homam  Tabrizi  and  Sa’di  Shirazi,  a Lyrical Encounter”, Beyond the Abbasid Caliphate: Politics, Patronage and the Transmission of Knowledge in 13th-15th Century Tabriz; J. Pfeiffer, Brill: Leiden (2014): pp. 77-127.
  • “Hafez dar italiya”, in “Hafez”, Dqyerat al-mo ‘drefe bozorg-e esldmi, 18, (Winter 2013).
  • “Die Reise des Hafez von Shiraz iiber  Istanbul  und  Wien  nach  Weimar:  Oder:  ‘Europa hatte nie eine reine Seele”‘, ]. Borek, D. Ingenito, Miglio, Revista dell’Istituto Italiano di Stttdi Germania 2 (2012).
  • “Hafez, Hammer e La forma ghazal. Weltliteratur e contemporaneita”, D. Ingenito, Miglio, Critica de! Testo (Studi in Onore di Roberto Antonellz), 15, 2 (2012).
  • “Questi versi una fica Ji ha cantati – La Dama  del  Mondo  Gahan  Malek  Khatun):  la maggiore poetessa dell’islam medievale”, Testo a Fronte: teoria epratica de/la traduzione letteraria, 44 (2011): 37-76.
  • “«Sedavo il dolore ardente dei giorni con l’acqua del canto poeticm>:Iversi della Dama del Mondo Gahan Malek Khatun)”, Semicerchio: rivista dipoesia comparata, 43: 40-60.
  • “Quattro divan attuali, Hafez tra ricezione e traduzione’ Oriente Moderno, Nuova Serie, 89, 1 (2009): 151-172
  • “Les Manzumat de Sharaf al-Din ‘Ali Yazdi” Eurasian Studies, 7 (2009): 141-145.
  • “Canzone, per essere piu antica sei piu nuova – Poesia Persiana” II Porto di Toledo, 2009 available on line at http://www.lerotte.net/download/article/articolo-52.pdf
  • “Come se: Allo specchio, foto e traduzione” in II Demone a Vela, Dipartimento di Letterature Comparate, Universita di Napoli ”L’Orientale” (2006): 15-57.
  • “Le Roman d’Abu Moslem Nameh”, Eurasian Studies 4, 2 (2005).

Forthcoming and Works in Progress

  • Beholding Beauty: Sa’di and the Persian Lyric Tradition. Forthcoming.
  • ‘Obayd Ziikiini.  Canzoni d’amore e versi osceni, Caracci Editore. In preparation.
  • “Sa’di’s Ghazals,” Encyclopaedia Iranica. In preparation.
  • “Death Elegies in Persian Literature,” Encyclopaedia of Islam 3. In preparation.
  • The Iranian King’s Two Bodies: Elegies Against Biological Death. In preparation.

Honors & Awards

UCLA Faculty Career Development Award, 2014-2015
Ph.D. Scholarship (full tuition and expenses), Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”, 2008
Rotary Club Prize best M.A. thesis in comparative literatures for years 2005-2007, 2007
Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Scholarship for Persian language courses, Tehran, 2006
Erasmus Scholarship, University of Bologna for study abroad at the University of Barcelona, 2003
Italian Ministry of Culture Scholarship for a semester at St. Maurice College, Switzerland, 2000

Courses

Undergraduate
  • Introduction to Classical Persian Poetry (Iranian 103A, Iranian 103B)
  • Comparative Study of Six Major Persian Poets (Iranian 120)
  • Persian Belles Lettres Adabiyyat (Iranian 140)
  • Persian Analytical Prose – Mystical Cardiology: al-Ghazali and the Science of the Heart (Iranian 141)
  • Survey of Persian literature in English (Iranian 150A)
Graduate
  • Classical Persian Texts (Iranian 220A, Iranian 220B)