Research Interests:

  • Persian literature and literary history, in particular the literature of the 16th and 17th centuries in Iran, India, and Central Asia; literature, architecture, and topography; Sufism and literature; comparative studies in the Baroque; translation and translation studies.

Since joining Comparative Literature, I have also taken up studies in comparative arts.

One of my current research projects investigates the intersections of architecture and literature. In recent articles and papers, I have been examining how early modern Persian poetry depicts buildings, both real and imagined, and how architecture and architectural metaphors are used in poetry and fiction to structure narrative and the immaterial worlds of emotion and cognition. This research draws on theoretical studies in architectural semiotics, ekphrasis, ecocritism, and cognitive poetics.


Past Affiliations
European Studies, Literature, Literature, Language Studies, Asian Studies, Asian Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
PhD, University of Chicago, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, 1993
BA, University of Chicago, Linguistics, 1979