|Ms. Sara Hakeem Grewal is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. After graduating from the University of Texas, Austin in 2007, she taught seventh grade language arts in Chicago, Illinois as a Teach for America corps member. She currently studies Persian and Urdu ghazal from the eighteenth century to the present. Her academic interests include lyric poetry, translation and world literature. She also enjoys teaching and writing on the subject of hip hop.
Ms. Grewal’s Fulbright research project, “Oral Performance and Literary Historiography of Urdu Ghazal: 18th Century to the Present,” focuses primarily on two aspects of the ghazal as a cultural phenomenon in South Asia: literary analysis of oral performance and the historiography of scholarly discourse around ghazal. She will perform an in-depth study of tazkirah literature (poetic anthologies and biographies), literary criticism and contemporary mushairas (poetry gatherings) in order to look historically at how ghazal has been read and understood by its practitioners and critics from the eighteenth century through the present.