Jahan Ramazani

University Professor and Edgar F. Shannon Professor

410 Bryan Hall

Office Hours: MW 4:50-6:20
Class Schedule: MW 2:00 - 3:15, 3:30 - 4:45

20th C American, 20th C British, African, Caribbean American, Irish, Modern & Contemporary, Modernism, Poetry, Postcolonial, World Anglophone


Ph.D. Yale, 1988
M.Phil. Yale, 1986
M.Phil. Oxford, 1983
B.A. Virginia, 1981


A Transnational Poetics, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009
The Hybrid Muse: Postcolonial Poetry in English, University of Chicago Press, 2001
Yeats and the Poetry of Death: Elegy, Self-Elegy, and the Sublime, Yale University Press, 1990

Edited Works

The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Poetry, Cambridge University Press, 2017
Song, special issue of NLH, 2015
The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 4th ed., Princeton University Press, 2012

Recent articles

  • “Appiah’s Identities: An Introduction.” NLH (2018).
  • "The Local Poem in a Global Age." Critical Inquiry (2017).
  • "'Cosmopolitan Sympathies': Poetry of the First Global War." Modernism/modernity (2016).
  • “Form.” In A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism. Ed. Eric Hayot and Rebecca Walkowitz. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press (2016).
  • "Poetry and Tourism in a Global Age." NLH (2015).
  • "Code-Switching, Code-Stitching: A Macaronic Poetics?" Dibur Literary Journal, Stanford ARCADE (2015).
  • “Seamus Heaney’s Globe.” In special double issues of The Irish Review (2015) and of Irish Pages (2015), both on Seamus Heaney (2015).
  • “Modernist Inflections, Postcolonial Directions.” In The Cambridge History of Modernist Poetry. Ed. Alex Davis and Lee M. Jenkins. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2015).
  • “Irish Poetry and the News.”  In The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry. Ed. Fran Brearton and Alan Gillis (2012).
  • “Poetry, Prayer, and the News.” In The Oxford Handbook of Twentieth-Century American Poetry. Ed. Cary Nelson (2012).
  • “Poetry and Postcolonialism.” In The Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literature. Ed. Ato Quayson (2012).
  •  “‘To Get the News from Poems’: Poetry as Genre.” In A Companion to Poetic Genre. Ed. Erik Martiny (2012).
  • “Poetry, Modernity, Globalization.” In The Oxford Handbook of Global Modernisms. Ed. Mark Wollaeger. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2012).
  • “‘Sing to Me Now’: Contemporary American Poetry and Song.” In “American Poetry, 2000-2009,” special issue of Contemporary Literature. Ed. Michael Davidson (2011).
  • "Charles Wright and the Poetry of Prayer." In "Charles Wright Tribute Issue." Northwest Review (2011).
  • “Nationalism, Transnationalism, and the Poetry of Mourning.” In The Oxford Handbook of the Elegy. Ed. Karen Weisman. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2010).
  • “Edward Said and the Poetry of Decolonization.” In Edward Said: Emancipation and Representation. Ed. Adel Iskandar and Hakem Rustom (2010).

Recent Invited Lectures

  • “Yeats’s Asias: Modernism, Orientalism, Anti-Orientalism,” W. B. Yeats International Summer School, Sligo, Ireland, July 23, 2018
  • “T. S. Eliot, World Poetry, and (Un)Translatability,” T. S. Eliot International Summer School, University of London, London, July 12, 2018
  • “Wallace Stevens, the Planet, and the Ecological Thought,” Keynote, “Wallace Stevens as World Literature” conference, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden, May 31, 2018
  • “Gathering Linguistic Diversities: The Poem, the World, and Translation,” Keynote, Congress of the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, May 26, 2018
  • “Poetry, (Un)Translatability, and World Literature,” History and Forms of Lyric Series, University of Chicago, Chicago, April 11, 2018
  • “The Language of Lyric: Untranslatable or World Literature?” Literary Translation Seminar Lecture Series, Romance Languages, Boston University, February 9, 2018
  • “A Bridge Taken for a Wall, a Wall Taken for a Bridge: On Persian Art, Poetry, and Translation,” Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, Stanford University, December 7, 2017
  • “Poetry, (Un)Translatability, and World Literature,” Department of Comparative Literature and Department of English, Yale University, November 13, 2017
  • “Poetry, (Un)Translatability, and World Literature,” New York-New Jersey Modernism Seminar, Rutgers University and Columbia University, October 19-20, 2017
  • “The Place of Poetry in ‘World Literature’: Questions of (Un)Translatability,” Department of English, Vanderbilt University, September 28, 2017
  • “Poetry’s Crossings: Transnational, Transatlantic, Translingual, Translational,” Keynote for the bienniel Symbiosis conference, University of Buffalo and Daemen College, Buffalo, New York, July 7, 2017
  • “Lyric, (Un)Translatability, and World Literature,” Keynote for the inaugural conference of the International Network for the Study of Lyric, “Situating Lyric,” Boston University, June 9, 2017
  • “Yeats’s Asias: Modernism, Orientalism, Antiorientalism,” Keynote for the International Yeats Society conference “Yeats and Asia,” Autonomous University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, December 17, 2016
  • “The Local Poem in a Global Age,” Keynote for the conference “The Environment and Human Migration: Rethinking the Politics of Poetry,” University of Bamberg, Bamberg, Germany, November 25, 2016
  • "Poetry, War, and the Local in a Global Age," Keynote for the Conference of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, University College Cork, Ireland, July 25, 2016, and Yeats International Summer School, Sligo, Ireland, July 29, 2016
  • "The Place of Poetry in Postcolonial Studies: Resistance, Literary Form, and Lorna Goodison as an Example," Plenary for the Irish-Caribbean Connections Conference, University College Cork, Ireland, July 22, 2016
  • "Poetry, the Global South, and the Transnational Migration of Form," Duke-UVA-Bologna Summer School in Global Studies and Critical Theory, University of Bologna, Italy, July 1, 2016
  • “Poetry and the Global Migration of Form,” Keynote, “Studying Transnational Poetics: Practices and Methods 2015,” VU University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, June 12, 2015, and for “The Languages of Literature: Attridge at 70,” University of York, England, May 24, 2015
  • “Close Reading, Distant Reading, and the Transnational Migration of Form,” John Edward Taylor Lecture, English Department, University of Manchester, Manchester, England, April 30, 2015
  • “Poetry, Close Reading, and the Transnational Migration of Form,” EU Project on Interdisciplinary Innovation in Culture Studies, English Department, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic, March 9, 2015; and English Department, the Charles University, Prague, March 11, 2015
  • “Between Speech and Writing: The Poetics of Poetic Code Switching,” for the conference “Written Word, Spoken Word: Rethinking the Representation of Speech in Literature,” Hebrew@Stanford, Stanford University, Stanford, February 27, 2015
  • “Modernism, Postcolonialism, and the Transnational Migrations of Poetry,” Keynote  Lecture, Transnational Modernisms conference, Australasian Modernist Studies Network and the University of Sydney Transnationalism and Literature Project, Sydney, Australia, December 15, 2014
  • “‘Cosmopolitan Sympathies’: Poetry of the First Global War,” British Academy Conference, London, “The First World War: Literature, Culture, Modernity,” November 12, 2014
  • “Lorna Goodison: Poet of Crossings,” Department of English, University of Michigan, October 30, 2014
  • “Poetry and the Global Migration of Form,” Department of Comparative Literature, Pennsylvania State University, October 13, 2014
  • “Poetry and Tourism in a Global Age,” McGill University, September 19, 2014
  • “Modernist Inflections, Postcolonial Directions,” T. S. Eliot International Summer School, London, July 11, 2014
  • “Poetry, Distant Reading, and Global Migrations of Form,” The Higher Literary Seminar, Department of English, University of Stockholm, Stockholm, May 27, 2014
  • "Teaching Poetry in a Global Age,” Mellon Symposium, UCLA, Los Angeles, May 9, 2014
  • “On Poetry and Its Others,” Poetics Workshop, Stanford University, Palo Alto, May 6, 2014
  • “Seamus Heaney’s Globe,” Keynote Address, Seamus Heaney Commemoration and Conference, Queen’s University, Belfast, April 11, 2014

Recent Interviews


  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2016
  • Thomas Jefferson Award, University of Virginia, 2011
  • Harry Levin Prize, American Comparative Literature Association, 2011
  • Senior Fellow, Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University, Spring 2007
  • Inaugural Jefferson Scholars Foundation Faculty Prize, 2005
  • Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professor, 2001-2004
  • Guggenheim Fellow, 2000-2001
  • Fellow in Residence, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Summer 1991, Spring 2001
  • William Riley Parker Prize, MLA, 1997
  • Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award, 1995
  • Lilly Teaching Fellow, 1993-1994
  • NEH Fellow, 1992-1993
  • Whiting Fellow, 1987-1988
  • Prize Teaching Fellow, 1986-1987
  • Rhodes Scholar, 1981-1983