Reza Taher-Kermani holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Bristol (2014) and an MA in English Literature from the University of Sheffield (2009).
Most broadly, Reza’s research explores the process of cultural exchange between the West and the Orient. He is particularly interested in the ways in which Persian literature and culture are received and represented in English literature of the long nineteenth century. He also has an interest in comparative literature, especially in studying the correspondences between classical Persian poetry and its reception in Romantic and Victorian poetry. Reza has wide-ranging and interdisciplinary research interests in the literature and culture of the long nineteenth century.
His upcoming monograph, The Persian Presence: A Study of ‘Persia’ in Victorian Poetry (Edinburgh University Press, 2020) intersects literary, historical, and cross-cultural studies, with the aim of exploring the wealth of meanings that Persia held for Victorian poetry. The purpose is to define the nature, and degree, of Persian-ness in Victorian poetry. In doing so, the book takes a broad, interdisciplinary approach, offering a mix of history and literature, to unveil how the idea of Persia in Victorian poetry is shaped not just by modern colonial ideology but by more ancient, more primitive attitudes represented in the sacred texts of Classical and Biblical literature.
Reza’s work has also appeared in academic journals such as The Review of English Studies, Victoriographies, Victorian Literature and Culture, Middle Eastern Literatures, Translation and Literature, and Iranian Studies. Topics he has written on include literary adaptation, cultural appropriation, Victorian poetry, classical Persian poetry, Sufism, and literary Orientalism.
Before joining Nazarbayev University in August 2018, Reza taught at the University of Bristol (UK), NTU (Singapore), and Shahid Beheshti University (Tehran).
He is also an elected member of the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA).