Rebecca R. Gould



A full chronological list of my scholarly articles is given below. The articles are also organized by theme (with illustrations!) on the drop-down menus above and here:

Comparative Literature & Literary Theory

Critical Theory (Political, Legal, Social)

Postcolonial, Anticolonial, & Decolonial Studies

Gender & Sexuality                Anthropology

Islamic Law & Islamic Studies    Philology

Persian Literature          European Literature               

Literary Translation      Global Intellectual History

Most of my work is available on SSRN,, and ResearchGate, and is indexed on Google Scholar. The links below give the article on the publisher website first, followed by the same material outside a paywall. I am currently in the process of migrating this material to the HCommons core.

The Persianate Cosmology of Historical Inquiry in the Caucasus: ʿAbbās Qulī Āghā Bākīkhānūf’s Cosmological Cosmopolitanism,” Comparative Literature (print publication in 2019).

The Aesthetic Terrain of Settler Colonialism: Katherine Mansfield and Anton Chekhov’s Natives,” Journal of Postcolonial Writing. Preprint.

2018 “Democracy and the Vernacular Imagination in Vico’s Plebian Philology,” History of Humanities 3.2. Full text.

2018 “Legal Form and Legal Legitimacy: The IHRA Definition of Antisemitism as a Case Study in Censored Speech,” Law, Culture and the Humanities Full text.

2018 “Punishing Violent Thoughts: Islamic Dissent and Thoreauvian Disobedience in post-9/11 America,” Journal of American Studies Full text.

2018 “Memorializing Akhundzadeh: Contradictory Cosmopolitanism and Post-Soviet Narcissism in Old Tbilisi,” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. Full text.

2018 “Hard Translation: Persian Poetry and Post-National Literary Form,” Forum for Modern Language Studies 54(2): 191-206. Full text.

2018 “Telling the Story of Literature from Inside Out: The Methods and Tools of Non-European Poetics,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 38(1): 170-180. Full text.

2017 “Literature as a Tribunal: The Modern Iranian Prose of Incarceration,” Prose Studies: History, Theory, Criticism 39(1): 19-38. Full text.

2017 (co-authored with Shamil Shikhaliev), “Beyond the Taqlīd/Ijtihād Dichotomy: Daghestani Legal Thought under Russian Rule,” Islamic Law and Society 24(1-2): 142-169. Full text.

2016 “The Persian Translation of Arabic Aesthetics: Rādūyānī’s Rhetorical Renaissance,” Rhetorica: A Journal of the History of Rhetoric 33(4): 339-371. Full text.

2016 “The Critique of Religion as Political Critique: Mīrzā Fatḥ ʿAlī Ākhūndzāda’s Pre-Islamic Xenology,” Intellectual History Review 26(2): 171-184. Full text.

  • Awarded the International Society for Intellectual History’s Charles Schmitt Prize (2015).

2016 “Wearing the Belt of Oppression: Khāqānī’s Christian Qaṣīda and the Prison Poetry of Medieval Shirvān,” Journal of Persianate Studies 9(1): 19-44. Full text.

2016 “Finding Bazorkin: A Journey from Anthropology to Literature,” Anthropology and Humanism 41(1): 86-101. Full text.

2016 “Vested Reading: Writing the Self through Ethan Frome,” Life Writing 13(4): 415-430. Full text.

2015 “Ijtihād against Madhhab: Legal Hybridity and the Meanings of Modernity in Early Modern Daghestan,” Comparative Studies in Society and History 57(1): 35-66 (on the transmission of critical legal reasoning from Yemen to Daghestan). Full text.

2015 “The Geographies of ʿAjam: The Circulation of Persian Poetry from South Asia to the Caucasus,” The Medieval History Journal 18(1): 87-119. Full text.

2015 “The Much-Maligned Panegyric: Toward a Political Poetics of Premodern Literary Form,” Comparative Literature Studies 52(2): 254-288 (comparing Persian, South Asian, and East Asian panegyric genres). Full text.

2015 “Philology’s Contingent Genealogies,” Philology: An International Journal on the Evolution of Languages, Cultures and Texts, invited contributor to the inaugural issue (2015): 53-66. Full text.

2014 “The Poetics from Athens to al-Andalus: Ibn Rushd’s Grounds for Comparison,” Modern Philology 112(1): 1-24 (on the reception of Aristotle’s Poetics across the medieval Islamic world and Europe). Full text.

2014 “Hijab as Commodity Form: Veiling, Unveiling, and Misveiling in Contemporary Iran,” Feminist Theory 15(3): 221-240 (based on fieldwork in Iran, 2011-2). Full text.

  • Reprinted in Women of the Middle East, vol. 1 ed. Fatma Müge Göçek (London: Routledge, 2015), 319-338. 

2014 “Engendering Critique: Postnational Feminism in Postcolonial Syria,” Women Studies Quarterly (special issue on Solidarities) 42(3/4): 209-229. Full text.

2014 “The Materiality of Resistance: Israel’s Apartheid Wall in an Age of Globalization,” Social Text (118): 1-22. (Partial reprint in Islamic World of Art 2017 [3.1]: 16-33.) Full text.

2014 “Antiquarianism as Genealogy: Arnaldo Momigliano’s Method,” History & Theory 53(2): 212-233. Full text.

2014 “The Political Cosmology of Prison Poetics,” Literature Compass (special issue on the Global Middle Ages) 11(7): 496-515; related Teaching and Learning Guide in Literature Compass 12.1 (2015): 45-46.

2014 “Conservative in Form, Revolutionary in Content: Rethinking World Literary Canons in an Age of Globalization,” Canadian Review of Comparative Literature/ Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée 41(3): 270-286. Jointly published with the Journal of Comparative Literature and World Literature (Peking University). Full text.

2014 “Form Without a Home: On Translating the Indo-Persian Radīf,” Translation Review 90: 15-28 (on the ghazals of Ḥasan Sijzī Dehlavī and Bīdel Dehlavī). Full text.

2014 “Aleksandre Qazbegi’s Mountaineer Prosaics: The Anticolonial Vernacular on Georgian-Chechen Borderlands,” Ab Imperio: Studies of New Imperial History in the Post-Soviet Space 15 (1): 361-390. Full text.

2014 “The Lonely Hero and Chechen Modernity: Interpreting the Story of Gekha the Abrek,” Journal of Folklore Research 51(2): 199-222 (exegesis of a Chechen folkloric account of an anticolonial bandit). Full text.

2013 “Inimitability versus Translatability: The Structure of Literary Meaning in Arabo-Persian Poetics,” The Translator 19(1): 81-104 (on translation and hermeneutics in Islamic literary theory). Full text.

2013 “Topographies of Anticolonialism: The Ecopoetical Sublime in the Caucasus from Tolstoy to Mamakaev,Comparative Literature Studies, special issue on Eco-criticism. 50(1): 87-107. Full text.

2013 “Jim Crow in the Soviet Union,” Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters 36(1): 125-141 (the politics of race in the former USSR and the contemporary United States). Full text.

2013 “Laws, Exceptions, Norms: Kierkegaard, Schmitt, and Benjamin on the Exception,” Telos: A Quarterly Journal of Politics, Philosophy, Critical Theory, Culture, and the Arts 162: 77–96. Full text.

2013 “The Death of Caucasus Philology: Towards a Discipline Beyond Areal Divides,” Iran and the Caucasus 17(3): 275-293. Full text.

2013 “To Boycott or not? Ethical Reflections on a Moral Conundrum,” Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice 25(3): 584-489. Full text.

2012 “Prisons Before Modernity: Incarceration in the Medieval Indo-Mediterranean,” Al-Masāq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean 24(2): 179-197. Full text.

2012 “Adam Bede’s Dutch Realism and the Novelist’s Point of View,” Philosophy and Literature 36(2): 404-423 (lead article in symposium on “George Eliot, Philosopher”). Full text.

2012 “World Literature as a Communal Apartment: Semyon Lipkin’s Ethics of Translational Difference,” Translation and Literature, special issue on Translators and their Worlds, Peter France, ed. 21(3): 402-421. Full text.

2012 “Philology, Education, Democracy,” Journal of Aesthetic Education 46(4): 57-69. Full text.

2012 “Allegory and the Critique of Sovereignty: Ismail Kadare’s Political Theologies,” Studies in the Novel 44(2): 208-230. Full text.

2012 “Leaving the House of Memory: Post-Soviet Traces of Deportation Memory,” Mosaic, A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 45(2): 149-164. Full text.

2012 “Reading Ruins Against the Grain: Istanbul, Derbent, Postcoloniality,” Culture, Theory & Critique 53(1): 19-36. Full text.

2012 “The Sublimity of Charles Bovary,” Literary Imagination: The Review of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics 14(3): 366-372. Full text.

2011 “The Geography of Comparative Literature,” Journal of Literary Theory 5(2): 167–186. Full text.

* Persian translation in Contemporary Persian Literature (Adabīyāt-i pārsī-yi muāʿṣir)1394/2015. Full text.

2011 “Secularism and Belief in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge,” Journal of Islamic Studies 22(3): 339-373. Full text.

2011 “How Gulbadan Remembered: The Book of Humāyūn as an Act of Representation,” Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 6: 121-127.

2011 “The Modernity of Premodern Islam in Contemporary Daghestan,” Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life 5(2): 161-183. Full text.

2011 “Modernity, Madness, Disenchantment: Don Quixote’s Hunger,” Symplokē: A Journal for the Intermingling of Literary, Cultural and Theoretical Scholarship 19(1/2): 35-53. Full text.

2011 “Dialectics of Filiation and Affiliation: Toma Baliauri’s Testament and the Archive of Anticolonialism,” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 13(4): 640-650. Full text.

2010 “Becoming a Georgian Woman,” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 31(2): 127-144. Full text.

2008 “How Newness Enters the World: The Methodology of Sheldon Pollock,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 28(3): 533-557. Full text.

2007 “Transgressive Sanctity: The Abrek in Chechen Culture,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 8(2): 271-306. Full text.

2006 “The Abrek in Chechen Folklore,” Amirani: Journal of the International Caucasological Research Institute 14: 37-46. Full text.

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