Background and Interests
Contemporary Arabic Literature, Arab Feminism(s), Literary and Trauma Theory, Gender Studies, Queer Arab Studies, Autobiography, Travel, Fantasy, War Narratives, Postcolonial and Diasporic Literature, and Comparative Literature.
- Anxiety of Erasure: Trauma, Authorship, and the Diaspora in Arab Women’s Writings. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2015. Reprint: 2019.
- Co-editor with (Alireza Korangy & Michael Beard), The Beloved in Middle Eastern Literatures: The Culture of Love and Languishing. London: I.B. Tauris, 2017.
- Co-editor (with Howard Chiang & et al), Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History. 3 Volumes. Farmington Hills, MI: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2019.
- Editor, “Arab Diaspora Literature Then and Now.” Humanities. Switzerland: MDPI, (Forthcoming 2019).
- Co-editor with (Tarek El-Ariss), "Queer Affects," special issue of International Journal of Middle East Studies 45:2 May 2013.
- “Of Cities and Canons in an Age of Comparative Consumption.” In The City in Arabic Literature: Classical and Modern Perspectives. Eds. Nizar Hermes and Gretchen Head. Edinburgh University Press, 2018. pp. 268-286.
- “Invading Muslim Bodies in the Era of Trump,” Special Forum, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, 13.3 (2017):483-485.
- “Syrian ‘Bad Girl’ Samar Yazbek: Refusing Burial.” In Bad Girls of the Arab World. Eds. Rula Quawas and Nadia Yaqub. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2017. pp. 146-166.
- “The Art of Teaching Arab Traumas Triumphantly,” In Arabic Literature for the Classroom: Teaching Methods, Theories, Themes, and Texts. Ed. Muhsin al-Musawi. London & New York: Routledge, 2017. pp. 145-155.
- “Al-Samman, Hanadi. "Syria, Cinema of. The Suspended Utterances of Syrian Cinema.” In Oxford Islamic Studies Online. Oxford Islamic Studies Online. 2016.
- "Remapping Arab Narrative and Sexual Desire in Salwâ al-Na'îmî's Burhân al-'Asal(The Proof of the Honey)." Journal of Arabic Literature 43.1 (2012): 60-79.
- "Border Crossings: Cultural Collisions and Reconciliations in Hanan al-Shaykh's Only in London." in Perspectives on the 'Migrant Cosmopolitans': Narratives of Contemporary Postcoloniality. Eds. Nirmala Menon and Marika Preziuso. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2014.
- "North American Muslim Women's Movements and the Politics of Islamic Feminine Hermeneutics.” in Mapping Arab Women’s Movements: A Century of Transformations from Within. Eds. Nawar Al-Hassan Golley and Pernille Arenfeldt. Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2012. 303-329.
- “Anxiety of Erasure: Arab Women Writers between Shahrazad’s Memory and the Nightmare of Infanticide.” Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics 30 (2010): 73-97. (In Arabic).
- “Transforming Nationhood from Within the Minefield: Arab Female Guerrilla Fighters and the Politics of Peace Poetics.” Women's Studies International Forum 32.5 (2009): 331-339.
- “Out of the Closet: Representation of Homosexuals and Lesbians in Modern Arabic Literature.” Journal of Arabic Literature 39.2 (2008): 270-310.
- “Contemporary Syrian Literature: An Introduction.” in Literature from the “Axis of Evil”: Writing from Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Other Enemy Nations . Ed. Words Without Borders. New York: The New Press, 2006.
- “Uncovering the Lens: The Misrepresentation of the "Other" in Pasolini's Il Fiore delle Mille e Una Notte,” in Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History, Board Editor. Farmington Hills, MI: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2019. pp. 1204-1213.
- “ISIS Gay Trials” in Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History, Board Editor. Farmington Hills, MI: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2019. pp. 844-847.
- "Beyond Islamicate and Modern Sexualities." A review of Islamicate Sexualities: Translations Across Temporal Geographies of Desire. Eds. Kathryn Babayan and Afsaneh Najmabadi. Journal of the American Oriental Society. 129.4 (2009): 693-695.
- “Writing Away Exile with a Faceless Alphabet” a review of Without an Alphabet, Without a Face: Selections of Poems of Saadi Youssef . Trans. Khaled Mattawa. Saint Paul: Graywolf Press, 2002. In Cold Mountain Review . 34.2 (2006): 58-66.
- A translation of Hanna Mina’s “On the Sacks” in Literature from the “Axis of Evil”: Writing from Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Other Enemy Nations . Ed. Words Without Borders. New York: The New Press, 2006.
- President, Association for Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS), 2017-2019.
- “No Longer Driving a Cab, a Syrian Writer in America Focuses on His Fiction,” by Mythili Rao, The New Yorker, May 8, 2017.
- Interviewed by Sarah McConnell on With Good Reason Radio Show. "Coming Out/Coming In," July 10, 2020.
- Interviewed by Hisham Melhem on al-Hurra TV channel, July 2019. (In Arabic).
- “Democracy Now”, interview on al-Hurra TV channel, October 2018. (In Arabic).
- Interviewed by Cathy Lewis on HearSay, Norfolk, VA. "From the Headlines: Egypt's Uprising," January 31, 2011.
- Interviewed by Sarah McConnell with Jack Shaheen on With Good Reason Radio Show. "Arab Defamation in Film," July 10, 2010.
Lectures and Presentations
- “Towards a Queer Qur’anic Tafsir,” Middle East Studies Association (MESA), New Orleans, LA., November 14-17, 2019.
- “Mapping the Borders of the Arab Closet,” Middle East Studies Association (MESA). San Antonio, TX., November 15-18, 2018.
- “Confronting Sexual Harassment and Power Violence in Middle East Studies,” Middle East Studies Association (MESA). San Antonio, TX., November 15-18, 2018.
- “Queer Theory and Methodology: Applications and Possibilities for Middle East Studies,” Middle East Studies Association (MESA). San Antonio, TX., November 15-18, 2018.
- “Traversing Buried Cities in Samar Yazbek’s The Crossing,” Middle East Studies Association (MESA). Washington D.C., November 18-21, 2017.
- “Witnessing Traumas, Performing Alterity in Heather Raffo’s 9 Parts of Desire.” Middle East Studies Association (MESA). Denver, CO., November 21-24, 2015.
- “Surviving Multiple Wa’d: Samar Yazbek’s A Woman in the Crossfire.” Middle East Studies Association (MESA). Washington D.C., November 22-25, 2014.
- “Writing Love in an Age of Comparative Consumption,” Tunisian Society for Comparative Literature (JAMAM), Tunis, April 28-30, 2014.
- “Teaching Contemporary Arabic Literature for Heritage and Foreign Students: Challenges and Recommendations,” Colloquium on Arabic Literature in the Humanities Curriculum, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., April 3-4, 2014.
- “Of Cities and Canons” presented in a panel entitled “Burning Capitals: Representations of Violence in Modern Arabic Literature,” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), New York University, New York, March 20-23, 2014.
- “Contested Frames: Recasting Arab Muslim Womanhood in Lalla Essaydi’s Art,” Middle East Studies Association (MESA). New Orleans, October 10-13, 2013.
- “Buried Cities, Resurrected Histories, and Rhizomatic Narratives in Hoda Barakat’s ‘The Tiller of Waters,’” Middle East Studies Association (MESA). Denver, CO., November 17-20, 2012.
- "Unearthing the Archives in Salwa al-Neimi's The Proof of the Honey," Gender and Women Studies in the Arab Region Conference, American University in Sharjah, Sharjah, March 7-9, 2012.
- "Muslim Women on the Move: From Local Notoriety to Global Networks," Middle East Studies Association (MESA). San Diego, November 18-21, 2010.
- “Embodying Arab Lesbian Identity,” Middle East Studies Association (MESA). Boston, November 21-24, 2009.
- “Are We There Yet? Lesbian Identity in Modern Arabic Literature,” Middle East Studies Association (MESA). Washington, DC. November 22-25, 2008.
- "Queering the Arabic Novel," MESALC Speakers Series, University of Virginia, October 17, 2008.
- "A Man Against His Will: Suppressed Homosexuality and Ruptured National Memory in Hoda Barakat's The Stone of Laughter," Middle East Studies Association (MESA). Montréal, November 17-20, 2007.
- “Transforming Nationhood from Within the Minefield: Arab Female Guerrilla Fighters and the Politics of Peace Poetics,” Middle East Studies Association (MESA). Boston, November 18-21, 2006.
- “The Poetics of Mosaic Autobiography in Contemporary Arabic Literature,” Middle East Studies Association (MESA). Washington, D.C. November 19-22, 2005.
- “Buried Alive: The Poetics of Exile and Arab Women Writers,” Sheikh Mohammad Bin Khalid al-Nahyan Cultural Center. Al-‘Ain, United Arab Emirates. February 18, 2003.
- “Contested Departures in Ghada Al-Samman’s Travel Writing,” Middle East Studies Association (MESA). Washington, D.C. November 20-22, 1999.
- “The Prodigal Daughter: Women Writers, the Academia, and the Dissertation Novel,” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA). Austin, TX. March 26-28, 1998.
- “The Academia at Trial: Memoirs of a Prodigal Daughter from ‘Hisland,’” Indiana University Conference in the Humanities. Bloomington, IN. March 6-7, 1998.
- “A Spaceship to the Orient: Fantasy Fiction as Exile in Ghada Al-Samman’s Narrative,” Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA). San Francisco, CA. November 22-24, 1997.
- “(Re)Writing Magic: Science Fiction and the Arab Novel," Crossing the Jordan Annual Conference. Cultural Studies. Indiana University. Bloomington, IN. February 7-8, 1996.
- “Uncovering the Lens: The Mis/Representation of the ‘Other’ in Pasolini’s Il Fiore delle Mille e Una Notte,” Crossing the Jordan Annual Conference. Cultural Studies. Indiana University. Bloomington, IN. February 17-19, 1995.
- College Teaching Fellowship, UVa., 2017-2019.
- Mellon Humanities Fellowship, UVa., 2015-2016.
- Mead Honored Faculty, The Mead Endowment, Univeristy of Virginia, 2012-2013. https://news.virginia.edu/content/mead-endowment-grant-winners-set-begin...
- Center for International Studies award, writer-in-residence (Hoda Barakat), 2013-2014. https://news.virginia.edu/content/renowned-lebanese-novelist-shares-cult...
- Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty, 2009-2010. https://news.virginia.edu/content/hanadi-al-samman-receive-woodrow-wilso...
- Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Residential Fellowship, 2009-2010.
- University Teaching Fellowship, Teaching Resource Center, University of Virginia, 2008-09. https://news.virginia.edu/content/influencing-eternity-university-virgin...
- University of Virginia Summer Reserach Grant, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016.
- University of Virginia Reserach Grant, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013.
- Professors as Writers Award, Teaching Resource Center, University of Virginia, 2006.
- Excellence in Diversity Fellow, Teaching Resource Center, University of Virginia, 2006.
- College of Arts and Sciences Travel Grant, Indiana University, 1998-99.
- American Comparative Literature Association Travel Grant, 1998.
- Outstanding Scholar and Teacher Fellowship, College of Arts & Sciences, Indiana University, 1997.
- Fulbright Scholarship, United States Information Agency (U.S.I.A.), 1990-1992.
133 New Cabell Hall
Modern Arabic Literature and Literary Theory
- EGMT 1510: The Aesthetics of Trauma
- MEST 2270/5270: Culture and Society of the Contemporary Arab Middle East
- ARTR 3350/5350: Introduction to Arab Women’s Literature
- ARTR 3290/5290: Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
- ARTR 3490/5490: Arab Cinemas.
- ARAB 3860/5860: Modern Fiction in Arabic
- ARAB 5830/5840: Readings in Modern Arabic Poetry & Prose
- ARAB 4120/7120: Introduction to Arabic Drama
- ARAB 4230/5240: Love, War, and Diaspora in Hoda Barakat’s Writings
Ph.D., Indiana University