Women and Poetry in Premodern India (April 4, 2019)

Join us for the symposium

Women and Poetry in Premodern India

on Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 2-5 pm

in Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), 725 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 200
Speakers and Presentation Titles:

Dr. Dolores Pizarro Minakakis (Independent Scholar, Cambridge, MA): “I Am That Same One: Women as Object and Subject in Sanskrit Poetry”

Prof. Neelima Shukla-Bhatt (Wellesley College), “Moving Dreamlike on a Fading Road: Women Bhakti Poets of Medieval India”

Prof. Sunil Sharma (Boston University), “Why Shouldn’t I Be Proud: Indo-Muslim Princesses and Courtesans as Poets”

Abstract: This symposium will explore the roles of women in the three main South Asian literary cultures: the classical tradition in Sanskrit, vernacular traditions in languages such as Gujarati and Kashmiri, and the Indo-Muslim tradition in Persian and Urdu. The presentations will focus on women as both creators of poems and their representation in poetry by male poets.
This symposium is co-sponsored by the
BU Department of World Languages and Literatures, the BU Center for the Study of Asia, the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies & Civilizations, and the Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program.