Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature


Emily Drumsta is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at Brown University. She specializes in modern Arabic and Francophone literatures, with particular focus on form and disillusionment in the Arabic novel, the politics of meter in modernist Arabic poetics, and negotiations of language and identity in North African literature and culture. Her current book project, tentatively titled Ways of Seeking, explores the legacy of the investigation plot in Arabic fiction from Egypt, Lebanon, and Palestine. She is also working on a PEN/Heim Award-winning volume of translations, "Revolt Against the Sun: Selected Poetry and Prose of Nazik al-Malaika," the Iraqi modernist poet. She is a co-founder of Tahrir Documents, an online archive of newspapers, broadsides, pamphlets, and other ephemera collected in Cairo’s Tahrir Square during the 2011 uprisings in Egypt. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (Comp Lit/Arabic). Her translations have been published in McSweeney's, Asymptote, Jadaliyya, Circumference, and the Trinity Journal of Literary Translation.

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