Anna Levett


  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and French


  • BA, University of Pennsylvania, 2007
  • PhD, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2019


Anna Levett specializes in Mediterranean studies and global modernism, with particular interest in twentieth-century French, Francophone, and Arabic literature and film. Her current book project concerns the reception of surrealism in Arab literature.

At Oberlin, she teaches translation studies, critical theory, global modernism, postcolonial studies, and Middle East and Mediterranean studies.

  • ‘‘‘Shouldn’t love be the one true thing?’ Godard and the Legacy of Surrealist Ethics,’’ Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 34.8 (July 2017), pp. 687-706.

Spring 2024

Refugee Odysseys — CMPL 207
Introduction to Literary Translation: Theory, History, Practice — CMPL 250
Introduction to Literary Translation: Theory, History, Practice — CRWR 250
Advanced Translation Workshop: Poetry — CMPL 350
Advanced Translation Workshop: Poetry — CRWR 350


Anna Levett Essay Published in "Los Angeles Review of Books"

April 19, 2023

Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature Anna Levett published an essay, "Can Art Save Your Life?: On Revolution, Political Prisoners, Climate Activism, and Pink Floyd," in the Los Angeles Review of Books. The essay was inspired by discussions with Professor Levett's students in her CMPL 237 course, "Art of Revolution," as well as by Bakunin's Barricade, an installation by the Kurdish-Turkish artist Ahmet Öğüt that made its North American Premiere at Oberlin's Allen Memorial Art Museum last fall.

Anna Levett Publishes Review in Journal of North African Studies

February 15, 2022

Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature Anna Levett has published a review of The Albert Memmi Reader in the Journal of North African Studies.


Anna Levett publishes review in Reading in Translation

October 11, 2021

Visiting assistant professor of comparative literature Anna Levett published a review of Under the Dome: Walks with Paul Celan, translated by Rosmarie Waldrop, in Reading in Translation

Anna Levett publishes article

December 9, 2020

Anna Levett, visiting assistant professor of comparative literature, published an article, ‘‘Ecstatic Communities: Sufism, Modernism, and Political Possibility in Abdelwahab Meddeb's Talismano,’’ in the winter 2020 issue of Expressions maghrébines. This special issue is devoted to the work of Tunisian writer, translator, and public intellectual Abdelwahab Meddeb (1946-2014).