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Pernilla Myrne

Senior lecturer

Pernilla Myrne
Senior lecturer
Arabic
pernilla.myrne@sprak.gu.se

Room number: C554
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 41256 Göteborg


Department of Languages & Literatures (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
www.sprak.gu.se
spl@sprak.gu.se
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 412 55 Göteborg

About Pernilla Myrne

I have worked as senior lecturer at the University of Gothenburg since January 2015. I obtained my PhD in 2008. The title of my thesis was Narrative, Gender and Authority in ʿAbbāsid Literature on Women, and literature on women has been one of my research interests since then. I spent 2011 and 2012 at New York University, where I worked with a project titled Gender and Pleasure in Medieval Arabic Erotic Literature, funded by a postdoctoral scholarship from the Swedish Research Council. I have recently published a monograph, titled Female Sexuality in the Early Medieval Islamic World, in addition to several articles on women, gender, emotions and sexuality in pre-modern Arab-Islamic history.

Research

My research interests include the representation of women in pre-modern Arabic literature, attitudes to sexuality in medieval Islam, as well as women as creative subjects. I am also interested in social history, in particular the role of women and slaves in society. One of my research interests is Islamic manuscript culture, and I am currently mapping the manuscript traditions of medieval Arabic sex advice manuals, a hitherto unexplored primary source material.

Previous Research Projects


2015-2018: Love, Body, and Desire: Attitudes to Erotic Love and Women’s Sexuality in Premodern Arabic Literature, funded by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation.

A main aim of this project was to investigate how the intellectual climate during the Abbasid Caliphate contributed to attitudes to erotic love and women’s sexuality.


2012-2015: Eloquent women: Genre, rhetoric and gender in early Arabic literature, funded by the Swedish Research Council.

In this project, I examined the words of women were represented in Early Arabic literature. Women were marginalised in the early written Arabic culture, as they did not learn to read and write to the same degree as men. Nevertheless, the classical Arabic literature is full of portrayals of eloquent women, whose words are quoted with admiration. They often used their rhetorical skills to help their families, or simply to highlight their own qualities.


Teaching

I have taught Arabic and Middle Eastern history since 2005. I also teach Arabic and Arabic literature and I lecture on various aspects of Arabic-Islamic history and culture.

Major publications

A Jariya's prospects in Abbasid Baghdad
Pernilla Myrne
Concubines and Courtesans: Women and Slavery in Islamic History, ed. Matthew Gordon, Kathryn Hain, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 2017

Pleasing the Beloved: Sex and True Love in a Medieval Arabic Erotic Compendium
Pernilla Myrne
The Beloved in Middle Eastern Literatures: The Culture of Love and Languishing. Alireza Korangy, Hanadi Al-Samman, Michael Beard (eds.), London ; New York, IB Tauris, 2017

Latest publications

A Jariya's prospects in Abbasid Baghdad
Pernilla Myrne
Concubines and Courtesans: Women and Slavery in Islamic History, ed. Matthew Gordon, Kathryn Hain, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Pleasing the Beloved: Sex and True Love in a Medieval Arabic Erotic Compendium
Pernilla Myrne
The Beloved in Middle Eastern Literatures: The Culture of Love and Languishing. Alireza Korangy, Hanadi Al-Samman, Michael Beard (eds.), London ; New York, IB Tauris, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Who was Ḥubbā al-Madīniyya?
Pernilla Myrne
Arabic and Semitic Linguistics Contextualized. A Festschrift for Jan Retsö / edited by Lutz Edzard, Wiesbaden, Harrassowitz, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

När slavpoesin frodades i Bagdad
Pernilla Myrne
Svenska Dagbladet , Magazine article 2014
Magazine article

Husband
Pernilla Myrne
Muhammad in History, Thought, and Culture: An Encyclopedia of the Prophet of God , Santa Barbara, CA, ABC Clio, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

Major publications

A Jariya's prospects in Abbasid Baghdad
Pernilla Myrne
Concubines and Courtesans: Women and Slavery in Islamic History, ed. Matthew Gordon, Kathryn Hain, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 2017

Pleasing the Beloved: Sex and True Love in a Medieval Arabic Erotic Compendium
Pernilla Myrne
The Beloved in Middle Eastern Literatures: The Culture of Love and Languishing. Alireza Korangy, Hanadi Al-Samman, Michael Beard (eds.), London ; New York, IB Tauris, 2017

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A Jariya's prospects in Abbasid Baghdad
Pernilla Myrne
Concubines and Courtesans: Women and Slavery in Islamic History, ed. Matthew Gordon, Kathryn Hain, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Pleasing the Beloved: Sex and True Love in a Medieval Arabic Erotic Compendium
Pernilla Myrne
The Beloved in Middle Eastern Literatures: The Culture of Love and Languishing. Alireza Korangy, Hanadi Al-Samman, Michael Beard (eds.), London ; New York, IB Tauris, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

2015

Who was Ḥubbā al-Madīniyya?
Pernilla Myrne
Arabic and Semitic Linguistics Contextualized. A Festschrift for Jan Retsö / edited by Lutz Edzard, Wiesbaden, Harrassowitz, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

2014

När slavpoesin frodades i Bagdad
Pernilla Myrne
Svenska Dagbladet , Magazine article 2014
Magazine article

Husband
Pernilla Myrne
Muhammad in History, Thought, and Culture: An Encyclopedia of the Prophet of God , Santa Barbara, CA, ABC Clio, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

Showing 1 - 10 of 14

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