Alexandra Hoffmann is a PhD student in Persian Language & Literature at the University of Chicago, where she specializes in Classical Persian Literature and Early Islam. She is interested in men and masculinities (not exclusively in literature), and is currently developing her dissertation on masculinities in Persian Literature from the 10th – 15th century, focusing on analyses of meanings inscribed to male bodies, manliness and poetic masculinities.
Alexandra Hoffmann holds an MA in Islamic Studies from the University of Zürich, Switzerland. For her MA, she has conducted research on modern Iranian writers in exile, specifically, Mahshīd Amīrshāhī and her novel Dar Ḥażar. Other research interests include narratology, travelling tales and the reception of Middle Eastern literature in Europe; such as the 12th century Sindbād-nāma and its adaptation as The Seven Wise Masters (of Rome) in various European languages.