Samuel Hodgkin

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature

Samuel Hodgkin is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, with a secondary appointment in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and a Research Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. He is a scholar of Persian, Turkic, and other Eurasian literatures, whose research deals with canon formation, translation, and genre from the 8th century to the present. His current book project, World Literature in One Country: Representing Persian Poetry in the Communist East, shows how the Soviet internationalist project of world literature emerged from sustained engagement between left ist writers of West and South Asia and state-sponsored writers of the multinational Soviet East, who drew on their shared Persianate literary training to articulate a postcolonial poetics of political representation. Professor Hodgkin’s work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, and his articles have appeared in Cahiers d’Asie centrale, Cahiers de Studia Iranica, and the edited volume Persian Literature and Modernity: Production and Reception. He received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from The University of Chicago.