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 the Arabic novel, gender and the politics of meter in modernist Arabic poetry, and negotiations of language and identity in North African literature and culture. Her current book project, Ways of Seeking, offers a selective history of Arab detective fiction. Her translation, Revolt Against the Sun: A Bilingual Reader of Nazik al-Mala'ika's Poetry was awarded a PEN/Heim Grant in 2018 and is forthcoming with Saqi Books in January 2021. 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 Egyptian uprisings. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (Comp Lit/Arabic, French, English). Her translations have been published in McSweeney's, Asymptote, Jadaliyya, Circumference, and the Trinity Journal of Literary Translation.

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