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About Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Ruth Gould is Professor, Islamic World and Comparative Literature at the University of Birmingham. She is the author of Writers and Rebels: The Literatures of Insurgency in the Caucasus and director of the ERC-funded project, "Global Literary Theory." She is on Twitter @rrgould.

Articles by Rebecca Gould

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

We need principles, not rules, to fight antisemitism: the IHRA definition and the politics of defining racism

In the heat of argument, too little has been said about the implications of defining racism for legal and quasi-legal purposes, or the difficulty of separating the two domains.

Love without monogamy

Expanding the meaning of marriage beyond heterosexual relations captures the spirit of the times but misses the pulse of the future.

A Singapore Ramayana: academic freedom and the liberal arts curriculum

Could Singaporeans of the future do a better job at making democracy a reality than America’s elected leaders have done for the past half-century? Maybe, if one of the most important literary works of premodern India is taught again at the recently created Yale-NUS in Singapore.

Felon voting rights and democracy

Convicted felons continue to be barred from voting in the US, with severe consequences for their rehabilitation and the democratic process. An effective campaign for their re-enfranchisement is vital, argues Rebecca Gould.

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