Rebecca Ruth Gould


The Persian Prison Poem



Zahhak bound on mount Damavand. Baysungur's Shahnama, 14302021    The Persian Prison Poem: Sovereignty and the Political Imagination (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press). Edinburgh Historical Studies of Iran and the Persian World book series (under contract).

* Indian edition under contract with Primus Books.

This book builds on my prior scholarship, including

“Wearing the Belt of Oppression: Khāqānī’s Christian Qaṣīda and the Prison Poetry of Medieval Shirvān,” Journal of Persianate Studies 9.1 (2016): 19-44.

“The Geographies of ʿAjam: The Circulation of Persian Poetry from South Asia to the Caucasus,” The Medieval History Journal 18.1 (2015): 87-119.

“The Political Cosmology of Prison Poetics,” Literature Compass (special issue on the Global Middle Ages) 11.7 (2014): 496-515;

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