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Past Desire Made Present: The Traditions of Erotic Poetry in Medieval Iran and Europe

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Past Desire Made Present: The Traditions of Erotic Poetry in Medieval Iran and Europe

Aims to make present and accessible, to our early 21st-century experience, convergences and differences between medieval Persian and medieval European love poetry. Poetry will be dealt with as a discursive and institutional means through which it is possible to make present and tangible that which is absent -- both in space and time. If we accept that medieval Persian and European love poetry conjured up moods of homo- and heteroerotic desire for contemporary audiences, then this desire can also become present for us today through a close reading of those same texts.