Rebecca Ruth Gould

Rebecca Ruth Gould is Professor, Islamic World and Comparative Literature, at the University of Birmingham. She specializes in the literatures of the Persian and Islamic world in a comparative context. She is the author of Writers and Rebels (Yale University Press, 2016), which was awarded the University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies and the best book award by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies, and is currently PI of the European Research Council-funded project “Global Literary Theory.” 

Contributions

Translation as Alienation: Sufi Hermeneutics and Literary Modernism in Bijan Elahi’s Translations

The history of Iranian modernism is inseparable from the history of literary translation. In most accounts of Iranian literary history, the translation of European literary works played a formative role in the redefinition of poetic discourse as well as in the introduction of new literary genres, such as the short story and the novel, to modern Persian literature. In his landmark study of Iranian literary modernism, Mohammad Reza Shafiʿi-Kadkani rejects the ascription of originality to Iranian modernism.