838 WILLIAMS HALL, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Fatemeh Shams is an assistant professor of modern Persian literature at the University of Pennsylvania. She is specialist in Persian literature. Her fields of interest include social history of modern Persian literature, classical and modern prose, literary institutions and their role in the literary production under authoritarian states, ideology, censorship and official literature in Modern Iran. She is, in particular, an expert on modern Persian literature, social history of post-revolutionary official literature and the politics of literary production in Iran. Her recent book A Revolution in Rhyme: Official Poets of the Islamic Republic (Oxford University Press, 2020) is a study of the post-revolutionary literary scene with specific reference to the official poets of the Islamic Republic and the role played by the state in the field of literary production as well as the way in which it uses literature in identity construction.
She is the author of a number of works including Literary Institutions in Post-revolutionary Period: A Detailed History of Howzeh-ye Honari (2013), State-Sponsored Poetry in Iran (2014), Poetry and Power in Iran (2014), Ideology of Warfare and Islamic Republican War Poetry (2015); A revolution in Rhyme: Official Poets of the Islamic Republic (Oxford University Press, 2018). As the Wolf Humanities Center Fellow at UPenn, Fatemeh completed a project on gravestone poems in contemporary Iran; a case study of tombstone poems in contemporary Iran. Currently along with her book project, Fatemeh is working on a parallel project on liminal spaces in literary texts with specific focus on modern Persian poetry.
She earned her Ph.D in Oriental Studies from University of Oxford, Wadham College. Before joining Penn, she has taught Persian language and literature in various academic institutions including University of Oxford, University of SOAS and Courtauld Institute of Art in United Kingdom. Beside her academic expertise, Fatemeh is also an award-winning poet with three published collections.
Middle East/Near East Studies
Geographic Areas of Interest
IRANIAN STUDIES, PERSIAN LITERATURE, SOCIAL HISTOR
| Oriental Studies
| University of Oxford
| Muslim Civilisations
| Agakhan University
| Social Science
| University of Tehran
Poetry and Power in Iran: From Court Poetry to State Poetry
Border-Living Border-Crossing in the Modern Persian Poetry
Sensing the Void: The Exilic Mode in Modern Persian Literature
Exile Persian Poetry of 1980s and 1990s