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Dr Rebecca Gould

Dr Rebecca Gould

Dr Rebecca Gould
PhD (Columbia)

Reader in Translation Studies & Comparative Literature

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Islamic Studies

Middle Eastern Literatures


I am a Reader in Translation Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Bristol (having taught previously at New York University, Columbia University, and Yale-NUS College in Singapore). I specialize in the literatures of the Persian and Islamic world (especially the Caucasus). My first monograph, Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus (Yale University Press, 2016; podcast here:, examined literary memorializations of anticolonial violence in the literatures of the Caucasus. Alongside my work on classical and modern Persian, Georgian, and Arabic literatures, I maintain an active interest in the intersections of anthropology and social theory with textual methodologies. My articles have appeared in Telos, Social Text, Comparative Literature Studies, Philosophy & Literature, Modern Philology, Feminist Theory, and CSSH, among many other venues. Most of these are available here:

My translations include After Tomorrow the Days Disappear: Ghazals and Other Poems of Hasan Sijzi of Delhi (Northwestern University Press, 2016, from Persian) and The Prose of the Mountains: Tales of the Caucasus by Aleksandre Qazbegi (Central European University Press, 2015), from Georgian. Future translation projects include poetry by Titsian Tabdize and prose by Idris Bazorkin and Mirza Fath-'Ali Akhundzadeh.

I have received grants, awards, and fellowships from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Studies at Central European University, the Future Philology project at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, the American Historical Association, the American Philosophical Society, the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies, the Medieval Academy of America, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Van Leer Institute for Advanced Studies (Jerusalem), and the American Literary Translators Association. In 2015, I was awarded the MLA's Florence Howe Award for Feminist Scholarship in the field of Foreign Languages for “Engendering Critique: Postnational Feminism in Postcolonial Syria,” Women Studies Quarterly (2014) and the Charles Schmitt Prize of the International Society for Intellectual History for my work on the Persian thinker Mirza Fath-'Ali Akhundzadeh, forthcoming in the Intellectual History Review.


I am happy to supervise in the areas of Middle Eastern and Central Asian literatures and cultures, translation studies, Islamic studies, comparative literature, critical theory, and modern Iran. I would be particularly happy to hear from students working on Persian, Georgian, or Arabic literatures. I am also the Faculty of Arts contact for inquiries related to the HESPAL Scheme, which supports outstanding Palestinian students wishing to study in the UK:



  • Middle Eastern literatures
  • Islamic Studies
  • Georgian literature
  • the Caucasus and Central Asia

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