Communism, Translation, and the Literatures of Revolution


Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships


Comparative Literature


This study traces the translation of communist thought and practice in the Muslim Caucasus between the 1905 Russian constitutional revolution and the 1930s marked by Stalin's ascendance to power. Focusing on a wide range of work by Azerbaijani authors, including the revolutionary and playwright Nariman Narimanov (1870-1925), the novelist and revolutionary Mammad Said Ordubadi (1872-1950), the poet and playwright Huseyn Cavid (1882-1941), and the nationalist politician and literary critic Mammad Amin Rasulzade (1884-1954), this interdisciplinary study argues that the literary production of Caucasian Muslims in Azeri and Ottoman Turkish is essential to a nuanced understanding of the genealogies and legacies of Soviet communism.