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People: Adjunct and Affiliated Faculty

Paul LosenskyPaul Losensky

  • Associate Professor, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
  • Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Literature
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures


  • PhD, University of Chicago, 1993 (Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations)

Research Interests

  • Iranian Studies
  • Persian literature and literary history (in particular the literature of the 16th and 17th centuries in Iran)
  • India and Central Asia
  • Literature, architecture, and topography
  • Sufism and literature
  • Comparative studies in the Baroque
  • Translation and translation studies

Contact Information

Office: Ballantine Hall 907
Phone: (812) 855-9665

Courses Recently Taught

  • Elementary, intermediate, and advanced Persian
  • Research in Classical Persian Texts (various topics)
  • Persian Mystical Literature (in English)
  • Literature and Cinema of Modern Iran (in English)
  • Poetics of Mysticism
  • History and Theory of Translation

Publication Highlights

  • Welcoming Fighānī: Imitation and Poetic Individuality in the Safavid-Mughal Ghazal. Mazda: Costa Mesa, CA, 1998.
  • Memorial of God's Friends: Selected Biographies from Farid al-Din 'Attār's Tazkerat al-owliyā′. Translated with an introduction and annotations (publication expected in 2008).
  • "The Palace of Praise and the Melons of Time: Descriptive Patterns in ′Abdī Shīrāzī's Garden of Eden." In Eurasian Studies 2 (2003): 1–29.
  • "'The Equal of Heaven's Vault': The Design, Ceremony, and Poetry of the 'asanābād Bridge." In Writers and Rulers: Perspectives on their Relationship from Abbasid to Safavid Times, ed. B. Grundler and L. Marlow, 195–216. Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag, 2004.
  • "Words and Deeds: Message and Structure in 'Attār's Tadhkirat al-awliyā′." In Attār and the Persian Sufi Tradition, ed. L. Lewisohn and C. Shackle, 75–92. London, 2006.
  • "Linguistic and Rhetorical Aspects of the Signature Verse (takhallus) in the Persian Ghazal." In Edebiyat 8 (1997): 239–71.
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