Leah Feldman

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature
On Leave AY 2017-2018
(773) 702-5809

Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of California-Los Angeles, 2013.

Special Interests

Twentieth century Russian and Azeri Turkic poetics and theatre; Marxist aesthetics; postcolonial theory; semiotics; narrative and translation theory.

Leah Feldman's teaching and research explore the poetics and the politics of global literary networks, focusing on critical approaches to translation theory, semiotics, postcolonial theory, and Marxist aesthetics. Her current research traces connections between the Russian and Soviet empires and the Turko-Persianate world. Before joining the University of Chicago, Leah held two fellowships in residence at the Princeton Institute of International and Regional Studies and the Institute of Advanced Study at the Central European University in Budapest between 2013 and 2015. Her current book project On the Threshold of Eurasia: Orientalism and Revolutionary Aesthetics in the Caucasus, 1905-1929 exposes the ways in which the idea of revolution informed the interplay between orientalist and anti-colonial discourses in Russian and Azeri poetry, prose, and visual media. Tracing translations and intertextual engagements across Russia, the Caucasus and western Europe, it offers an alternative vision of empire, modernity and anti-imperialism from the vantage point of cosmopolitan centers in the Russian empire and Soviet Union.