Senior Lecturer in Persian Language and Literature at the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. Born in Tallinn, Estonia, Dr. Rubanovich spent her undergraduate years at the St-Petersburg (then Leningrad) University where she studied Iranian philology. When repatriated in 1991, she completed her undergraduate, graduate and PhD studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, earning her PhD degree in classical Persian literature in 2005. She spent one year and a half as a post-doctoral Rothschild fellow, at the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations of the University of Toronto (2004-2005).
My research focuses on medieval Persian literature with an emphasis on epic poetry, including Shāhīn's oeuvres in the Judeo-Persian language, on folk literature, on the issue of medieval orality and on the Alexander-Romance in the Islamic domain. More recently I have focused on the concepts of authorship in connection with literary canon. My recent publications include an edited volume Orality and Textuality in the Iranian World: Patterns of interaction across the centuries (Brill, 2015), and book chapters ʻWhy So Many Stories? Untangling the Versions of Iskandar’s Birth and Upbringing,ʼ in eadem; ʻRe-Writing the Episode of Alexander and Candace in Medieval Persian Literature,ʼ in Alexander the Great in the Middle Ages: Transnational Perspectives, ed. Markus Stock (Toronto UP, 2015); ʻOrality in Medieval Persian Literature,ʼ in Medieval Oral Literature, ed. Karl Reichl (De Gruyter, 2012).