MESA Graduate Student Paper Prize
Amanda Caterina Leong
University of California Merced, Interdisciplinary Humanities
Re-thinking female javānmardī: Neẓāmī’s Haft Paykar as a ‘Mirror for Princesses’
An imaginative and original argument, this paper employs complex theoretical frameworks and rigorous research in a convincing exercise of genre and gender-bending in pre-modern Persianate. Through a playful textual analysis, this paper shows the potential for gender studies to expand our conception of and theoretical approach to pre-modern times.