Open Lecture 15 March 2018 – 6pm

Event Date: 15 Mar 2018

Legacies of al-Khansāˀ, 7th Century Arab Poetess

Speaker: Dr Marlé Hammond (School of Oriental and African Studies – SOAS, University of London)

The seventh-century poet Tumāḍir Bint ˁAmr, otherwise known as the ‘snub-nosed’ or al-Khansāˀ, whose life spanned the pre- and early Islamic eras, is perhaps the most renowned elegist in the whole of the Arabic poetic tradition.  Her presence indeed looms large, particularly for women authors who find historical validation in her grief-stricken voice.  This lecture considers her place in the canon, how it has evolved over time, and what it means today.  It also asks whether and how her legacy of lamentation ‘translates’ into other languages and literatures.

Dr Marlé Hammond is Senior Lecturer in Arabic Popular Literature and Culture at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Previously she held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Oriental Institute of the University of Oxford (2007-2010) as well as a Research Fellowship in the Programme of Arabic Poetry and Comparative Poetics at St. John’s College, Oxford (2002-2006). Her research interests include Classical and Modern Arabic Literature and Poetics; Egyptian and Arabic Cinemas; Women’s Writing and Folkloric Narrative. Dr. Hammond has written many book chapters and journal articles. She is the author of Beyond Elegy: Classical Arabic Women’s Poetry in Context (Oxford University Press, 2010) and the editor of Arabic Poems (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets, 2014).

This lecture is FREE to attend and open to the public. However, registration is required due to capacity. To register for this event, please click on the following link: