Principal Investigator

Professor Rebecca Gould

Professor Rebecca Gould

Professor and Professorial Research Fellow, Islamic World and Comparative Literature

Rebecca Gould is the author of Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus (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 the translator of After Tomorrow the Days Disappear: Ghazals and Other Poems ...


Dr Ceylan Ceyhun Arslan

Ceylan Ceyhun ArslanDr Ceylan Ceyhun Arslan received his PhD from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University in 2017 and will start working as an Assistant Professor of English Language and Comparative Literature at Koç University in 2018.

As an ANAMED Fellow, he is working on his book project, ‘Ambivalences of Ottoman Modernity: Nahda, Tanzimat, and World Literature’. This will undermine the typical scholarly view that nahda, which refers to Arab cultural revival or ‘awakening’, and tanzimat, which refers to both state-wide imperial reforms and the late Ottoman Turkish literature, were two separate movements that took shape solely under the Western influence.

To show that these movements were instead constitutive of each other, his monograph will re-examine nahda and tanzimat under the larger umbrella term ‘Ottoman modernity’ and re-contextualizes modern Arabic and Turkish literatures of the nineteenth and early twentieth century within a multilingual Ottoman cultural milieu instead of their respective national communities.

The book will also propose that fundamental notions in the world literature scholarship need to be revised for a nuanced understanding of the late Ottoman Empire, hence giving a close reading of Arabic and Turkish literary texts to provide new theoretical perspectives on translation, intertextuality, and world literature. E-mail:

Dr Hany Rashwan

Hani RashwanDr Hany Rashwan is the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the American University of Beirut’s Centre for Arts and Humanities. He holds a PhD in Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies from SOAS and specializes in Comparative Historical Rhetoric.

His research offers new criticism and analysis of ancient Egyptian literary devices based on Arabic-Semitic methodology, with a full consideration of the unique visual nature of the ancient Egyptian written language. 

The linguistic kinship between ancient Egyptian and Arabic offers an excellent starting point to stop the automatic application of Western literary concepts. His research bridges the two disciplines of comparative rhetoric and comparative literature to acknowledge the relationship between the 'poetic form' and its 'eloquent content.' The American University in Cairo Press is set to publish his new book, ‘Literariness and Aesthetics of Ancient Egyptian Literature: Arabic Jinās in Postcolonial Poetics’.