Violets and Crucibles: Impressions of Forough Farrokhzad
The Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad (1934-1967) had a short, difficult, and stubbornly secret life. This talk reads in and around Farrokhzad’s work, in translation and in relation to some personal family histories, as a way of thinking about diaspora, displacement, and the uses of intimate knowledge for literary criticism.
Anahid Nersessian is a Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of Utopia, Limited: Romanticism and Adjustment (Harvard, 2015), The Calamity Form: On Poetry and Social Life (Chicago, 2020), and most recently Keats’s Odes: A Lover’s Discourse, a new edition of which will be published by Verso Books in 2022. Nersessian writes regularly for the New York Review of Books and has work published or forthcoming in journals including Critical Inquiry, ELH, PMLA, and the New Left Review. She founded and co-edits the Thinking Literature series at the University of Chicago Press with Nan Z. Da.