Program in Comparative and World Literature
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
3080 FLB, 707 S. Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
1985 D.Phil., Modern Arabic Literature and Modern History of
the Middle East, Oriental Studies Faculty and Middle East Centre,
University of Oxford (St. Antony's College)
Dissertation: "Egypt in its Own Words: Mahmud Bayram al Tunisi (1893
1961) and the Literature of Vernacular Expression (1919 1934)." Thesis
directors: Albert Hourani (History), Mustafa Badawi (Arabic Literature).
Examiners: Pierre Cachia, Michael Gilsenan.
1980 Diploma, Center for Arabic Studies Abroad (CASA), American
University in Cairo. Intensive advanced modern standard and Egyptian
colloquial Arabic, June 1979 May 1980
1978 B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Harvard Radcliffe College.
Concentration: Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (Arabic), focus
on history and literature of the modern Middle East.
Honors thesis: "Mayy Ziyadah and the Feminist Perspective in Egypt, 1908
1977 Diploma, Center for Arabic Studies Abroad (CASA), American
University in Cairo. Intensive elementary Egyptian colloquial Arabic,
Academic Positions and Employment History
2004- Associate Professor, Program in Comparative and World Literature,
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Zero-time appointments in Women�s and Gender Studies, African
Studies, and South Asian and Middle East Studies
2003-04 Visiting Associate Professor, Program in Comparative and World
Literature, University of
2002-2003 Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Comparative
Literature, Brown University
1991-2002 Research Scholar, Program in Comparative Literature, Program
in South Asian and Middle
East Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Research Fellow, Fulbright Foundation, NEH (please see
Postdoctoral Fellowships, below)
1996-2000 Visiting Lecturer, Program in Comparative Literature,
University of Illinois
1987-1988 Visiting Lecturer, American University in Cairo, Arabic
Language Institute; Center for
1985-1986 Administrative Officer, Project HOPE, Cairo, Egypt. In-country
representative and head
administrator; liaison with US and Egyptian officials.
1983-1985 Junior Research Fellow, St. Hugh's College, University of
2005 Mellon Faculty Fellowship, University of Illinois
2005 Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities Research Fellowship
1998 Fulbright Senior Scholar Postdoctoral Fellowship (taken 1998-99,
1998 American Research Center in Egypt/National Endowment for the
Humanities Fellowship (declined)
1994 National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship (taken
1995-96, Illinois and Cairo)
1990 Middle East Research Competition Fellowship, Ford Foundation
1988 Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship, Islamic Civilization Research
1988 American Council of Learned Societies Postdoctoral Fellowship for
Recent Recipients of the Ph.D.
1986 American Research Center in Egypt/NEH Postdoctoral Research
1983 Joanna Randall McIver Junior Research Fellowship, University of
Oxford (St. Hugh's College, 1983 85 (for postdoctoral research, awarded
before my completion of the doctorate)
Other Fellowships, Grants,
1994 National Endowment for the Humanities Translation Grant (taken
1994, 1999, 2001 University of Illinois Research Board Grants
1985 British Academy Faculty Personal Research Grant
1984 Watson Barbinder Fund Research and Travel Grant, St. Hugh's
College, University of Oxford
1981 Middle East Graduate Studies Committee (University of Oxford)
1979 Center for Arabic Study Abroad Fellowship (full year)
1978 Marshall Scholarship; held at St. Antony's College, University of
Oxford, 1978 79, 1980-82
1978 National Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society (Radcliffe College chapter)
1977 Center for Arabic Study Abroad Fellowship (summer)
1977 Radcliffe College Senior Honors Thesis Research Grant
1975 Jacob Wendell Memorial Scholarship, Harvard University
1973 National Merit Scholarship
1981 Assoc. of American Teachers of Arabic, First Annual Translation
Competition, First Prize
1994 University of Arkansas Press Arabic Literature Translation Prize
Research and Teaching
Emergence of Arabic fiction in the 19th century and the pertinence of
emergent gender activisms among women; early feminisms in the Arab
world, Iran, and Turkey; auto/biography in Arabophone and Francophone
Middle East/North Africa (premodern and modern); literature of
colloquial Arabic; translation theory and practice; gender activisms and
contemporary Arabic literature; masculinities in Arabic literature;
literature, human rights, the pressures of censorship; cultural history
of 19th-20th century Arab societies, especially the emergence of print
Book: Zaynab Fawwaz (1846?-1914) as writer (fiction, nonfiction,
biography, poetry) and gender activist in Egypt. A Shi�i from south
Lebanon, and from a modest and non-professional family background,
Fawwaz differed in major identity aspects from most Arab women active at
the dawn of mass print culture in the Arabophone world.
�Women�s Political Aspirations in Egypt and Visions of the Great War in
Europe.� To be published in a volume on World War I in the Middle East
edited by Dr. Najwa Qattan, accepted provisionally for publication by
Oxford University Press.
Editor, Harem Histories, papers on constructions of �the harem� and
gendered spaces in Islamicate societies; will contribute essay �Between
the Harem and the Houseboat: �Fallenness,� Gendered Spaces, and the
Female National Subject in 1920s Egypt.�
Translations in progress:
1. My selection of writings in various genres by Mayy Ziyadah
(1882-1941); funded by a Translation grant from the NEH.
2. The Loved Ones, by Alia Mamdouh. Under contract with American
University in Cairo Press.
Books (see also Translations, below)
May Her Likes Be Multiplied: Biography and Gender Politics in Egypt.
Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2001.
Arabic translation requested and contracted by al-Majlis al-a'la
lil-thaqafa [Supreme Council for Culture, Government of Egypt]. In
progress; translation by Sahar Tawfiq.
Bayram al Tunisi's Egypt: Social Criticism and Narrative Strategies.
Exeter: Ithaca Press (St. Antony's Middle East Monographs no. 22), 1990.
Translated into Arabic as: Ard al-habayib ba�ida: Rihla fi a�mal Mahmud
Bayram al-Tunisi, trans. Sahar Tawfiq, Cairo, al-Majlis al-a'la
lil-thaqafa [Supreme Council for Culture, Government of Egypt], 2002).
�Fiction�s Imaginative Archive and the Newspaper�s Local Scandals: The
Case of Nineteenth-Century Egypt.� In Archive Stories: Facts, Fictions,
and the Writing of History, edited by Antoinette Burton. Durham, NC:
Duke University Press, 2006. Pp. 274-95.
�On Gender, History� and Fiction.� In Middle East Historiographies:
Narrating the Twentieth Century, edited by Israel Gershoni, Amy Singer,
and Y. Hakan Erdem. Seattle: University of Washington Press, forthcoming
2006. Pp. 211-41.
�Arab Adolescents Facing the Future: Enduring Ideals and Pressures for
Change.� In The World�s Youth: Adolescence in Eight Regions of the
Globe, ed. B. Bradford Brown, Reed W. Larson, and T. S. Saraswathi.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. Pp. 207-42.
�Infamous Women and Famous Wombs: Biography, Gender, and Islamist
Concepts of Community in Contemporary Egypt.� In Auto/Biography and the
Creation of Identity and Community in the Middle East from the Early
Modern to the Modern Period, ed. Mary Ann Fay. New York: St. Martin�s,
2001. Pp. 51-70.
(In Arabic) �Amthila min al-bina� al-adabi li-hayat Malak Hifni Nasif.�
In Min ra�idat al-qarn al-�ishrin: Shakhsiyyat wa-qadaya, ed. Huda al-Sadda.
Cairo: Multaqa al-Mar�a wa-al-Dhakira, 2001. Pp. 61-71.
"The Egyptian Lives of Jeanne d'Arc." In Remaking Women: Feminism and
Modernity in the Middle East, ed. Lila Abu Lughod. Princeton: Princeton
University Press, 1998. Pp. 171-211.
Published in Arabic as "al-Hayawat al-misriyya li-Jan dark," trans. �Abd
al-Hakim Hassan, in al-Haraka al-nisa�iyya wa-al-tatawwur fi al-Sharq
al-awsat, ed. Lila Abu-Lughod. Cairo: al-Majlis al-a�la lil-thaqafa,
1999. Pp. 189-234.
"Poetry in the Vernacular." In The Cambridge History of Arabic
Literature: Modern Arabic Literature, ed. M. M. Badawi. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 1992. Pp. 463-82.
Essays in Refereed Journals:
�Un/safe/ly at Home: Narratives of Sexual Coercion in 1920s Egypt.�
Gender and History 16: 3. Special Issue on Violence, Vulnerability and
Embodiment, edited by Shani D�Cruze and Anupama Rao. (November 2004):
744-68. To appear as a book in 2005.
�Quietly Author(iz)ing Community: Biography as an Autobiography of
Syrian Women in Egypt.� L�Homme: Zeitschrift f�r Feministische
Geschichtswissenschaft; special issue, �Leben texten,� 14. Jg. Heft 2
�Middle East Women�s and Gender History: State of a Field.� Issue on
�New Directions in Women�s History,� Journal of Colonialism and Colonial
History (e-journal) 4: 1 (2003). http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/cch
��She Herself was the Ultimate Rule�: Arab Women�s Biographies of their
Missionary Teachers,� Islam and Christian- Muslim Relations 13: 4
(October 2002): 427-48. Special Issue, �Missionary Transformations�
edited by Eleanor Doumato.
�Beneath Lies the Rock: Contemporary Egyptian Poetry and the Common
Tongue.� World Literature Today 75: 2 (Spring 2001): 257-66.
�Woman in Islam: Men and the �Women�s Press� in Turn-of-the-Century
Egypt.� International Journal of Middle East Studies 33: 2 (2001):
Reprinted in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, vol. 166, edited by
Linda Pavlovski (New York: Gale Group, forthcoming 2005).
"May Her Likes Be Multiplied": 'Famous Women" Biography and Gendered
Prescription in Egypt, 1892-1935." Signs 22: 4 (1997): 827-90.
"Exemplary Lives, Feminist Aspirations: Zaynab Fawwaz and the Arabic
Biographical Tradition." Journal of Arabic Literature 26: 1-2
(March-June 1995), 120-46.
"Colloquial Arabic Poetry, Politics, and the Press in Modern Egypt."
International Journal of Middle East Studies 24: 3 (1992): 419-440.
"Biography and Feminist Rhetoric in Early Twentieth-Century Egypt: Mayy
Ziyada's Studies of Three Women's Lives." Journal of Women's History 3:
1 (Spring 1991): 38-61.
"Force and Transitivity: Bayram al Tunisi and a Poetics of
Anticolonialism." Alif 7 (1987): 75 111. Repr. in Arabic Literature: The
View from Within, ed. Ferial Ghazoul and Barbara Harlow. Cairo: AUC
Press, 1994. Pp. 149-76.
(in Arabic) �Al-Tarikh al-fardi wa�l-tarikh al-jam�i: Kitabat al-mudhakkirat
fi Misr 1920.� (Individual and Collective History: Writing the Memoir in
1920s Egypt). In al-Riwaya wa�l-tarikh (The Novel and History), (Cairo:
Supreme Council for Culture, forthcoming).
�Activism through Literature: Arguing Women�s Rights in the Middle
East.� Yale Review (January 2005): 1-26.
�When I Met Saddam Hussein.� In L�Irak de la crise au chaos, edited by
Kenneth Brown. Editions Ibis Press/Mediterranees, 2004, pp. 282-85.
�On Translation and Madness.� Translation Review: Special Arabic Issue,
No. 65 (2003): 47-53.
�Reflections on Recent Autobiographical Writing in an Arab Feminist
Vein.� Middle East Women�s Studies Review 15: 4 and 16: 1 (Winter/Spring
(In Arabic) "Al-Mar'a fi al-Islam: al-Rijal wa-al-sihafa al-nisa�iyya fi
Misr." (Woman in Islam: Men and the Women's Press in Egypt). Abwab 24
(2000): 114-30, and Mi'at �am �ala tahrir al-mar�a al-�arabiyya (Silsilat
abhath al-mu�tamarat 1). Cairo: al-Majlis al-a�la lil-thaqafa, 2001), 1:
"Coming to Light: Nour Publishing House and the Production of Gendered
Knowledge." The Middle East Women's Studies Review 12: 1 (March 1997):
"Framing the Imaginary: Conditions of Literary Production in Egypt."
Peuples M�diterran�ens No. 77 (Oct. 1996): 131-53.
��Ashara qas,.s,.at mis,.riyyat." Trans. Sh. Abu al-Naja. Ibda� 11:1
(January 1993): 41-48.
"Naguib Mahfouz: The Continuing Struggle" (Interview). Index on
Censorship 19: 2 (February 1990): 22 25.
"Mahfouz and the Arab Voice." Index on Censorship 18: 1 (January 1989):
"Politiek op Rijm: Arabische volkstaalpoezie als politiek commentaar in
Egypte." Trans. G. J. van Gelder. In De Pen en het Zwaard: Literatuur en
Politiek in het Midden Oosten, ed. Geert Jan van Gelder and Ed de Moor.
MOI 6. Muidenberg: Dick Coutinho, 1988. Pp. 75 88.
"Writing To Be Heard: Colloquial Arabic Verse and the Press in Egypt
(1877 1930)." Newsletter of the American Research Center in Egypt 140
(Winter 1987/88): 1 6.
"Prison, Gender, Praxis: Women's Prison Memoirs in Egypt and Elsewhere."
Middle East Report (MERIP) 149 (Nov. Dec. 1987): 35 41.
"Sheikh Imam the Singer." Index on Censorship 14: 3 (June 1985): 18 21.
In Dutch, Artikel 19 (Oct. 1985): 15 21.
�al-Zayyat, Latifa�;�al-Ghazali, Zaynab�; ��Ashur, Radwa�; �Nawfal,
Hind�; �Ra�uf �Izzat, Hiba�; �Fawwaz, Zaynab�; �Sha�rawi, Huda�;
�Djebar, Assia�; �Abu Zayd, Layla�; �Idilbi, Ulfat�; �Stanhope, Hester�;
�Egyptian Feminist Union.� Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and
North Africa, 2d. edition, edited by Philip Mattar. New York: Macmillan
Reference USA, 2004.
"Egyptian Women Writers in English Translation." Encyclopedia of
Literary Translation, ed. Olive Classe. London and Chicago: Fitzroy
Dearborn, 2000. Vol. I, pp. 400-402.
"Nawal el-Saadawi." Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th
Century, 3d ed., ed. S. Serafin. Farmington Hills, MI: St. James Press,
1999. Vol. 4, pp. 5-6.
"Al-Tunisi, Mahmud Bayram." Encyclopedia of Islam, fasc. 123-4, pp.
"Fawwaz, Zaynab," pp. 225-226; "Jahin, Salah," p. 406; "Musa, Nabawiyya,"
pp. 552-53; "Nabarawi, Sayza," p. 567; "al-Qalamawi, Suhayr," pp.
626-27; "al-Sa�dawi, Nawal," pp. 671-72; �Sha�rawi, Huda," pp. 702-3;
"al-Taymuriyya, �A�isha �Ismat," pp. 759-60; "al-Tunisi, Mahmud Bayram,"
pp. 781-82; "al-Yaziji, Warda," p. 809; "al-Zayyat, Latifa," p. 821; "Ziyada,
Mayy," pp. 822-23, in Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature, ed. P. Starkey
and J.S. Meisami. London and New York: Routledge, 1998.
Major contributor (articles on Islam) to The Oxford Reference
Dictionary. Ed. Joyce Hawkins. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986.
Translations, Arabic to English:
Thieves in Retirement, by Hamdi Abu Golayyel (Lusus mutaqa�idun, Cairo,
2003). Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, and Cairo, Egypt:
American University Press, forthcoming 2006.
Disciples of Passion, by Hoda Barakat (Ahl al-hawa, Beirut, 1993).
Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2005. Cairo, Egypt: American
University Press, forthcoming 2006.
Leaves of Narcissus, by Somaya Ramadan (Awraq al-narjis, Cairo, 2001).
Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2002. Winner of the Naguib
Children of the Waters: Short Stories by Ibtihal Salim. Austin:
University of Texas Press (Center for Middle East Studies), 2002.
The Tiller of Waters, by Hoda Barakat (Harith al-miyah, Beirut, 1998).
Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2001. Winner of the Naguib
The Open Door, by Latifa al-Zayyat (al-Bab al-maftuh, Cairo, 1960).
Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2000. Winner of the Naguib
Points of the Compass: Stories by Sahar Tawfiq. Fayetteville: University
of Arkansas Press, 1995. Winner of the University of Arkansas Press
Arabic Translation Prize.
My Grandmother's Cactus: Stories by Egyptian Women. (My selection,
translation, introduction). London: Quartet Books, 1991; Austin:
University of Texas Press, 1993, as Stories by Egyptian Women.
The Circling Song, by Nawal al-Sa�dawi (Ughniyat al-atfal al-da�iriyya,
Cairo, n.d.). London: Zed Books, 1989.
Memoirs from the Women's Prison, by Nawal al Sa�dawi (Mudhakkirati fi
sijn al nisa�, Cairo, 1984.) London: The Women's Press, 1986; Berkeley:
University of California Press, 1994.
Al-Mizan fi tafsir al-Qur�an, Vol. 14, by M. H. al-Tabataba�i. New York:
Alavi Foundation, accepted but publication status of series uncertain.
Translated Stories, Poems, Essays, Excerpts,
�The Veiler of All Deeds,� excerpt from Thieves in Retirement, by Hamdi
Abu Golayyel, in Words without Borders: The Online Magazine for
International Literature. http://wordswithoutborders.org/, special issue
on young Egyptian writers, guest edited by Chip Rosetti, 2006.
�The Chick is not a Dog,� by Jar al-Nabi Hilw, in Words without Borders:
The Online Magazine for International Literature. http://wordswithoutborders.org/,
special issue on Children�s Literature, guest edited by Lawrence Venuti,
Excerpt from Disciples of Passion by Huda Barakat, in Banipal: Magazine
of Modern Arab Literature 21 (Autumn 2004): 8-15.
Arab Human Development Report #3, Chapters 1-2. Nader Fergany, chief
writer. United Nations Development Program. 2003.
�Waltzing Matilda,� by Najm Wali, in Words without Borders: The Online
Magazine for International Literature. http://wordswithoutborders.org/article.php?lab=matilda
Excerpt from Image Icon Old Testament by Sahar Khalifeh (Beirut, 2002),
in Words without Borders: The Online Magazine for International
�Almanac for the Stars� Orbit: 2001,� by Adonis. Autodafe: The Journal
of the International Parliament of Writers 2 (Autumn 2001): 9-23.
�Baghdad: These Cities Dying in our Arms,� by Alia Mamdouh. Autodafe:
Journal of the International Parliament of Writers 2 (Autumn 2001):
197-207; http://www.autodafe.org/autodafe_02/art_15.htm Also published
in the anthology Word: On Being A [Woman] Writer, edited by Jocelyn
Burrell (New York: The Feminist Press, 2004), pp. 38-48.
Excerpt from Ploughing Water by Hoda Barakat. Mediterraneans/M�diterran�ennes
12 (2001): 273-79.
�Kurds in the Killing Fields,� by Salim Barakat. Autodafe: The Journal
of the International Parliament of Writers 1 (Spring 2001): 43-51.
Published as �Kurds on the Firing Ranges,� Autodafe online: http://www.autodafe.org/
�Individualism in the Arab Maghreb,� by Saleh Bechir, and �The Crisis of
the Individual in Egypt,� by Husayn Ahmad Amin, pp. 81-92 and pp. 61-80
in The Predicament of the Individual in the Middle East, ed. Hazim
Saghie. London: Saqi Books, 2001.
"Epistolary Poem to Wardah al Turk" (published 1867) by Wardah al Yaziji.
In Opening the Gates: A Century of Arab Feminist Writing, ed. Margot
Badran and Miriam Cooke. London: Virago, and Bloomington and
Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1990. P. 22.
"Introduction to The Results of Circumstances in Words and Deeds"
(1887/88) by Aisha Ismat al Taimuriyya. In Badran and Cooke, Opening the
Gates, pp. 126-28.
"Family Reform Comes Only through the Education of Girls" (1889) by
Aisha Ismat al Taimuriyya. In Badran and Cooke, Opening the Gates, pp.
"Fair and Equal Treatment" (1891/92) by Zaynab Fawwaz. In Badran and
Cooke, Opening the Gates, pp. 221-26.
"Political Challenges Facing Arab Women at the end of the 20th Century"
by Nawal El Saadawi. In Arab Women's Solidarity Association, Women in
the Arab World: The Challenge Ahead. London: Zed Books, 1988. Pp. 28 26.
"The Experience of a Generation." (Introduction, translation of
Sun�allah Ibrahim, Preface, first uncensored ed., Tilka al ra�iha,
Cairo, 1986.) Index on Censorship 16: 9 (Oct. 1987): 19 22.
"Sheikh Imam." (Translation of the poem "al-Shaykh Imam" by Ahmad Fu�ad
Nigm). Index on Censorship 14: 3 (June 1985): 20.
"Yahya Yakhluf: 'The Execution'." (Introduction and translation of
Chapter I of his novel Najran taht al sifr.) Index on Censorship 13: 3
(June 1984): 31 33.
"The Prison Journals of Farida al Naqqash." (Introduction and
translation of excerpts from her Al-Sijn... al watan.) Index on
Censorship 11: 3 (June 1983): 20-22.
"Azjal and the Egyptian Community: Four Poems by Bayram al Tunisi."
(Introduction and annotated translations.) Al �Arabiyya 15 (1982): 34
"Prohibitions." (Trans., poem "Al Mamnu�at" by A. F. Nigm.) Index on
Censorship 10: 1 (Jan. 1982).
�Coming of Emancipatory Age.� Review of N. Yuval-Davis and P. Werbner,
ed., Women, Citizenship and Difference (London, New York, 1999); Haideh
Moghissi, Feminism and Islamic Fundamentalism: The Limits of Postmodern
Analysis (London. New York, 1999); and A Daughter of Isis: The
Autobiography of Nawal El Saadawi, trans. Sherif Hetata (London, New
York, 1999), in Middle East Journal 54: 4 (Autumn 2000): 643-49.
"Women's Biographies and Political Agendas: Who's Who in Islamic
History." Review of Fatima Mernissi, The Forgotten Queens of Islam,
trans. Mary Jo Lakeland (Cambridge, 1993); Ruth Roded, Women in Islamic
Biographical Collections: From Ibn Sa�d to 'Who's Who' (Boulder, London,
1994); Barbara Freyer Stowasser, Women in the Qur�an, Traditions, and
Interpretation (New York, Oxford, 1994), in Gender and History 8: 1
(Spring 1996): 133-37.
Reprinted excerpted reviews:
Of work by Nawal al-Sa�dawi, from WRB (2003). Contemporary Literary
Criticism 196 (Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson/Gale, 2005), pp. 158-59.
Of works by Fatima Mernissi, from WRB (1991) and WLT (1995).
Contemporary Literary Criticism 171 (Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson/Gale,
2003), pp. 290-93, 314-15.
Individual Book Reviews:
Nelly Hanna, In Praise of Books: A Cultural History of Cairo�s Middle
Class, Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century (Syracuse, NY, 2003 and
Cairo, 2004), in American History Review, forthcoming Feb. 2006.
Cheryl J. Fish, Black and White Women�s Travel Narratives: Antebellum Explorations (Gainesville, 2004), Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 6: 2 (Fall 2005)
Mohammed Tavakoli-Targhi, Refashioning Iran: Orientalism, Occidentalism,
and Historiography (New York, 2002) International Journal of Middle East
Studies 37: 4 (Nov. 2005): 937-39.
Elise Salem, Constructing Lebanon: A Century of Literary Narratives
(Gainesville, 2003), H-Levant Net, forthcoming.
�Private Life as Historical Center.� Review of Al-Quds al-�uthmaniyya fi
al-mudhakkirat al-jawhariyya: al-Kitab al-awwal min mudhakkirat al-musiqi
Wasif Jawhariyya, 1904-1917 (Ottoman Jerusalem in the Jawhariyya
Memoirs: Volume One of the Memoirs of the Musician Wasif Jawhariyyah [Jawharieh],
1904-1917), edited and introduced by Salim Tamari and �Isam Nassar
(Beirut, 2003), H-Gender-MidEast Net, posted June 2005.
Eleanor Abdella Doumato and Marsha Pripstein Posusney, eds., Women and
Globalization in the Arab Middle East: Gender, Economy and Society
(Boulder and London, 2003), in Middle East Women�s Studies Review 19:
1-2 (Spring/Summer 2004): 10-11.
Boaz Shoshan, ed., Discourse on Gender/Gendered Discourse in the Middle
East (Westport, CT, 2000), MESA Bulletin 38: 2 (Dec. 2004): 261-63.
Talal Asad, Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity
(Stanford, CA, 2003), Bryn Mawr Review of Comparative Literature, 4: 2
(Spring 2004). http://www.brynmawr.edu/bmrcl/
Akram Fouad Khater, Inventing Home: Immigration, Gender, and the Middle
Class in Lebanon, 1870-1920 (Berkeley, 2001), Journal of Colonialism and
Colonial History 5: 1 (Spring 2004) (http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/cch).
�Cherchez la femme.� Review of Randi Deguilhem and Manuela Marin, eds.,
Writing the Feminine: Women in Arab Sources (London, 2002), H-Gender-MidEast
Net, posted Dec. 2003.
Mushira Eid, The World of Obituaries: Gender across Cultures and over
Time (Detroit, 2002), in Biography 26: 3 (Summer 2003): 453-56.
�Dramatic Monologue.� Review of Nawal al-Saadawi, Walking through Fire
(London, 2002), in The Women�s Review of Books 20: 4 (January 2003):
�Fictions of a Nation, or Who will be the Greek?� Review of Mary N.
Layoun, Wedded to the Land? Gender, Boundaries, and Nationalism in
Crisis (Durham, NC, and London, 2001) H-Gender-MidEast Net, posted
�Imperious Ironies: Politics of Suffrage, Discourses of Citizenship, and
Facts of Empire.� Review of Ian Christopher Fletcher, Laura E. Nym
Mayhall, and Philippa Levine, eds. Women�s Suffrage in the British
Empire: Citizenship, Nation, and Race (London and New York, 2000),
H-Gender-MidEast Net, posted April 2002; cross-posted on H-Women.
miriam cooke, Women Claim Islam: Creating Islamic Feminism through
Literature (New York and London, 2001), in World Literature Today 76: 2
(Spring 2002): 249-50.
Pinar Ilkkaracan, ed., Women and Sexuality in Muslim Societies
(Istanbul, 2000), and Zehra F. Arat, ed., Deconstructing Images of �The
Turkish Woman� (New York, 2000), in DOMES, forthcoming.
Emily Nasrallah, A House Not Her Own: Stories from Beirut, trans.
Thuraya Khalil-Khouri (Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada, 2000 ), in
World Literature Today 75: 2 (Spring 2001): 403.
Saadi Youssef, Loin du premier ciel: po�mes traduit de l�arabe (Irak),
trans. A. La�bi, J. Yassin Hussin, F. Mardam-Bey, H. Tengour (Paris,
1999), in World Literature Today 74: 4 (Autumn 2000): 904-5.
Nabil Saleh, Outremer (London, 1998), in World Literature Today 74: 2
(Spring 2000): 452-53.
Ghada Hashem Talhami, The Mobilization of Muslim Women in Egypt
(Gainesville, 1996), in MESA Bulletin 33: 2 (Winter 1999): 260-61.
Issa J. Boullata and Terri DeYoung, ed., Tradition and Modernity in
Arabic Literature (Fayetteville, 1997), in World Literature Today 72: 2
(Spring 1998): 448.
Joyce Davies, Between Jihad and Islam: Profiles in Islam (New York,
1997), and Haleh Esfandiari, Reconstructed Lives: Women and Iran's
Islamic Revolution (Washington, D.C., 1997), in The Middle East Women's
Studies Review 13:2 (Summer 1998): 13-16.
Diane Singerman and Homa Hoodfar, ed., Development, Change, and Gender
in Cairo: A View from the Household (Bloomington, 1996), in Resources
for Feminist Research/Documentation sur la recherche f�ministe 26: 3/4
(Fall/Winter 1998-99): 252-54.
Andrew Shryock, Nationalism and the Genealogical Imagination (Berkeley,
1997), in DOMES 6: 4 (Fall 1997): 80-83.
Etel Adnan, There: In the Light and the Darkness of the Self and of the
Other (Sausalito, 1997), in World Literature Today 71: 4 (Autumn 1997):
Cynthia Nelson, Doria Shafik, Egyptian Feminist: A Woman Apart (Gainsville,
1996), in The Middle East Women's Studies Review 12: 3 (Fall 1997):
M. Gorkin and R. Othman, Three Mothers, Three Daughters: Palestinian
Women's Stories (Berkeley, 1996), in The Middle East Women's Studies
Review 12: 1 (March 1997): 1-4.
Yasmine Zahran, A Beggar at Damascus Gate (Sausalito, 1995), in World
Literature Today 71: 1 (Winter 1997): 213-14.
Liana Badr, The Eye of the Mirror, trans. S. Kawar (Reading, U.K.,
1995); Salwa Bakr, The Golden Chariot, trans. D. Manisty (Reading, U.K.,
1995); Hoda Barakat, The Stone of Laughter, trans. S. Bennett (Reading,
U.K., 1995), in British Journal of Middle East Studies 23: 2 (1996):
Fedwa Malti-Douglas, Men, Women, and God(s): Nawal El Saadawi and Arab
Feminist Poetics (Berkeley, 1995), in Al-Arabiyya 29 (1996): 219-24,
Beth Baron, The Women's Awakening in Egypt: Culture, Society, and the
Press (New Haven and London, 1994), in British Journal of Middle Eastern
Studies 22: 1/2 (1995): 159-61.
"Reviews of Panels at MESA 1996: Social Change, the Press, and Middle
Eastern Women, 1869-1945." Association of Middle East Women's Studies
Newsletter 10: 4 (January 1996): 5-6.
Roger Allen, The Arabic Novel: An Historical and Critical Introduction,
2d ed. (Syracuse, 1995), in World Literature Today 70: 1 (Winter 1996):
Miriam Cooke and Roshni Rustomji-Kerns, eds., Blood into Ink: South
Asian and Middle Eastern Women Write War (Boulder, 1994), in Middle East
Journal 49: 4 (Autumn 1995): 683-84.
"Hostage Drama." Hanan al-Shaykh, Beirut Blues, trans. C. Cobham (New
York, 1995), in The Women's Review of Books 12: 10-11 (July 1995): 32.
"Nothing Left to Hide?" Geraldine Brooks, Nine Parts of Desire: The
Hidden World of Islamic Women (New York, 1995), in The Women's Review of
Books 12: 7 (April 1995): 15-16.
Fatima Mernissi, Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood (Reading,
MA, 1994), in World Literature Today 69: 2 (Spring 1995): 419.
Valentine Moghadam, Modernizing Women (Boulder, 1993) and Haleh
Afshar,ed., Women in the Middle East (London, 1993), in DOMES 4: 1
(Winter 1995): 48-50.
Fatima Mernissi, Islam and Democracy: Fear of the Modern World (Reading,
1992), in MESA Bulletin 29: 1 (July 1995): 56-57.
Barbara Harlow, Barred: Women, Writing, and Political Detention
(Hanover, 1992), in DOMES 3: 4 (Fall 1994): 67-69.
Hanna Mina, Fragments of Memory (Austin, 1993), in World Literature
Today 68: 4 (Autumn 1994): 877-78.
Sabry Hafez, The Genesis of Arabic Narrative Discourse (London, 1993),
in MESA Bulletin 28: 2 (Dec. 1994): 261-62.
Kamal Abdel-Malek, A Study of the Vernacular Poetry of Ahmad Fu�ad Nigm
(Leiden, 1990), in MESA Bulletin 28: 1 (July 1994): 137-38.
Lila Abu Lughod, Writing Women's Worlds: Bedouin Stories (Berkeley,
1993), in British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 21: 1 (1994):
Paul Kahle, ed., Three Shadow Plays by Muhammad Ibn Daniyal (Warminster,
1992), in British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 20: 2 (1993):
Sherifa Zuhur, Revealing Reveiling: Islamist Gender Ideology in
Contemporary Egypt (Albany, 1992), in Arab Studies Quarterly 16: 1
(Winter 1994): 112-14.
Farzaneh Milani, Veils and Words: The Emerging Voices of Iranian Women
Writers (Syracuse, 1992) in MESA Bulletin 28: 1 (July 1994): 130-31.
Ahdaf Soueif, In the Eye of the Sun (New York, 1992), in World
Literature Today 68: 1 (Winter 1994).
M. M. Badawi, A Short History of Modern Arabic Literature (Oxford,
1993), in DOMES 2: 4 (Fall 1993): 84-87.
Robin Ostle, ed., Modern Literature in the Near and Middle East
1850-1970 (New York, London, 1991), in DOMES 2: 2 (Spring 1993): 1-3.
Leila Ahmed, Women and Gender in Islam (New Haven, 1992) and Barbara
Daly Metcalf, ed. and trans., Perfecting Women: Maulana Ashraf �Ali
Thanawi's 'Bihishti Zewar' (Berkeley, 1990), in Gender and History 5: 1
(Spring 1993): 148-52.
Salwa Bakr, The Wiles of Men, trans. Denis Johnson-Davies (London,
1992), in World Literature Today 67: 2 (Spring 1993): 437.
Ann Elizabeth Mayer, Islam and Human Rights: Tradition and Politics
(Boulder, 1991) and Kevin Dwyer, Arab Voices: The Human Rights Debate in
the Middle East (Berkeley, 1991), in Middle East Journal 47: 1 (Winter
"Hybrids and Transients." Kathryn Abdul-Baki, Fields of Fig and Olive
(Washington, D.C., 1991), Nahid Rachlin, Veils (San Francisco, 1992) and
Soraya Sullivan, trans., Stories by Iranian Women since the Revolution
(Austin, 1991), in Belles Lettres 8: 1 (Fall 1992): 52-53.
Laurence Deonna, The War with Two Voices: Testimonies by Women from
Egypt and Israel, trans. Rosalind Sloman (Washington, D.C., 1989), in
DOMES 1: 1 (Winter 1992): 18-20.
Abdel Rahman al-Sharqawi, Egyptian Earth, trans. Desmond Stewart
(Austin, 1990), in MESA Bulletin 25: 2 (Dec. 1991): 253-55.
Pierre Cachia, An Overview of Modern Arabic Literature (Edinburgh,
1990), in MESA Bulletin 25: 2 (Dec.1991):, 242-43.
"Back to Basics?" Fatima Mernissi, The Veil and the Male Elite: A
Feminist Interpretation of Women's Rights, trans. Mary Jo Lakeland
(Reading, MA, 1991), in The Women's Review of Books 9: 3 (Dec. 1991):,
"Crossing the Demarcation Line." Evelyne Accad, Sexuality and War:
Literary Masks of the Middle East (New York, 1990), in The Women's
Review of Books 8: 8 (May 1991): 18.
"Writing Under Fire." Miriam Cooke, War's Other Voices: Women Writers on
the Lebanese Civil War (Cambridge, 1988), in The Women's Review of Books
6: 12 (Sept. 1989): 32 33.
"Communal Consolidations." Khalid Suleiman, Palestine and Modern Arabic
Poetry (London, 1984), in the Times Literary Supplement (12 July 1985):
Teaching and Other Professional Experience:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
C LIT 189 Crossing the Boundaries of the Self (Classical Masterpieces of
C LIT 201 Fictions and Gender-Conscious Histories (Comparative Literary
C LIT 190 Fictions, Identities, and Citizenships in the 20th Century
(Modern Masterpieces of Nonwestern Cultures)
C LIT 205 Islam and the West through Literature (Literature and Ideas)
C LIT 493 Graduate Reading Course: Arabic Literature and Masculinity
CWL 395 Manning the Barriers? Representing Masculinities through Arabic
Fiction and Film
Doctoral dissertation committees: Rita Faulkner, CWL, 2004-05
Brown University, 2002-03
All new courses that I proposed, developed, and taught.
CO 071 Histories, Feminisms, Fictions: Self-Inscriptions of Women in the
CO 142 Post/colonialities, Contemporary Fiction, and Literary Identities
in Muslim Communities
CO 171 Translation as Art: Workshop in Literary Translation
CO 181 Manning the Barriers: Representations of Masculinity in Arabic
Fiction and Film
Other responsibilities: Arabic reading/writing tutorial (4th year),
Fall/Spring, coordinated with courses above; Thesis Director, Senior
Honors Thesis, Neetu Khanna, on �Orientalism in 19th-century
Translations of Thousand and One Nights�
New York University Faculty Resource Network (June 2002)
Convenor, Seminar on �Women in the Middle East: Histories, Feminisms,
and Fictions.� Invited to propose, develop, and lead one-week intensive
faculty seminar to enrich curricula (22 attendees).
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996-2000
Revamped and taught:
C LIT 189, �Classical Masterpieces of Nonwestern Cultures� (Fall 1996,
1997, 1999; enrollment approx. 120; four Teaching Assistants)
C LIT 190, �Modern Masterpieces of Nonwestern Cultures� (Spring 1998,
2000; enrollment approx. 120; four Teaching Assistants)
American University in Cairo, 1987-88 (Arabic Language Institute
and Center for Arabic Studies). "Intermediate Colloquial Arabic"
CAS 338 "Modern Arabic Literature in Translation" (enrollment approx.
2. Invited Lectures and Seminar Presentations:
Keynote address: �Literature as History, Histories of Literature: Egypt
�Before the Arabic Novel��. XXth Middle East History and Theory
Conference. University of Chicago, Chicago, May 2005. (Honorarium)
"On the Fringes of Cities (Cairo) and Languages (Arabic): Translating
Hamdy Abu Gleil's Thieves in Retirement" (Lecture and Reading). Brown
University, Dept. of Comparative Literature, Providence, Dec. 2004.
�Fiction�s Far-flung Histories and the Newspaper�s Local Scandals:
Egypt, 1899.� Stanford University, Dept. of Comparative Literature, Palo
Alto, Nov. 2004. (Honorarium)
�Fiction�s Imaginative Archive and the Newspaper�s Local Scandals: The
Case of Nineteenth-Century Egypt.� New York University Center for Middle
East Studies, Research Workshop, New York City, Oct. 2004. (Honorarium)
�John Stuart Mill� Islamist? Conduct Literature, Islamic Politics, and
Gender in Egypt.� Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Princeton
University, Dept. of Near Eastern Languages/Literatures, March 2004.
�Activism through Literature: Arguing Women�s Rights in the Middle
East.� Early-Vreeland Distinguished Lecture. Truman State University,
Kirksville, Missouri. Feb. 2004. (Honorarium)
�Famous Women and Gender Politics: the Power of Biography in Early 20th
Century Egypt.� Videoconference lecture, Rutgers University, Center for
Middle Eastern Studies. Dec. 2003. (Honorarium)
�Defining Femininities and Rights: Contemporary Islamist Appropriations
of Liberal Feminist Legacies.� Series on �Islam in the 20th Century,�
University of Illinois, REEC/PSAMES, Urbana-Champaign, February 2003.
�Biography and Feminist Identity Formation in Early 20th Century Egypt.�
Institute for Gender and Women�s Studies, American University in Cairo,
Feb. 10, 2002.
�Infamous Women and Famous Wombs: Biography, Gender, and Islamist
Concepts of Community in Contemporary Egypt.� Ohio State University,
Columbus, February 2001.
Also: Watson Center for International Studies, Brown University,
Providence, Mar. 2001 (Honorarium); Midwest Assoc. for Middle East and
Islamic Studies, Indiana State Univ., Terre Haute, March 2002.
�Pharoanism in Modern Egyptian Literature.� Ohio State University,
Columbus, Ohio, February 2001. (Honorarium)
"Gendered Biography and Modernity in Egypt." Seminar on Gender and
Modernity, Illinois State University, Normal, April 26, 1997.
"Sex, Lies, and Death on the Nile: Who Gets to Write the Body in Egypt
Now?" Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Harvard
University, March 20, 1997. (Honorarium)
Also: Transregional Institute, Princeton University, Princeton, May
"Telling Women's Lives: Biography and Prescription in Egypt." Lecture
Series on "Life on the Ground: The Daily Experiences of Muslim Women."
Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, March
19, 1997. (Honorarium)
"Literature of the Desk Drawer: Conditions of Literary Production in
Egypt Now." Center for Middle Eastern Studies (Summer Intensive Arabic
Program), University of Chicago, Chicago, July 1995. (Honorarium)
"Women Writers and the Literary Canon in Twentieth-Century Egypt."
Center for Middle Eastern Studies (Summer Intensive Arabic Program),
University of Chicago, Chicago, July 1993. (Honorarium)
"Women's Biography and Feminist Rhetoric in Turn of the Century Egypt."
Netherlands Institute for Archaeological and Arabic Studies, Cairo,
"Colloquial Poetry and Political Dialogue in Egypt." Netherlands
Institute for Archaeological and Arabic Studies, Cairo, 1987.
"Mahmud Bayram al Tunisi and Colloquial Poetry in Egypt." St. Antony
Middle East Centre Seminar, Oxford, 1982.
3. Invited Symposia/Colloquia Presentations:
�Place as Language.� Colloquium on �Translating Time and Place: A
Colloquium with the Award Winners of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for
Literature 1996-2004 (on the occasion of presentation of the 2005
Medal), American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt, December 2005.
�Who Gets to Become the Liberal Subject? Ventriloquized Memoirs and the
Status of the Individual in 1920s Egypt.� Conference on �The Roots of
Liberal Thought in the Eastern Mediterranean.� Friedrich-Alexander
Universität, Erlangen-N�rnberg, Germany, July-August 2005.
�The Harem and the Houseboat: Writing against Respectability in 1920s
Egypt.� Symposium on �Sexualized Spaces: Harems in History and
Imagination.� MIT Agha Khan Program, Cambridge, MA, May 2004.
�Where�s the Home Front? Women�s Political Aspirations in Egypt and
Visions of the Great War in Europe.� Workshop on �The Middle East in the
Two World Wars.� Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, Tufts
University, and Center for Middle East Studies, Harvard University, May
�The Exemplary Woman, the Female Hero, and the Feminists of 1900:
Fictional History and Histories of Activism in Egypt.� Conference on
�Twentieth Century Historians and Historiography of the Middle East.�
Boğazici University, Istanbul. May 23-26, 2002.
�Middle East Women�s and Gender History: State of a Field.� Symposium on
�New Directions in Non-Western Women�s and Gender History.� University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of History and Women�s
Studies Program, April 24, 2002. (Honorarium)
�Constructions of Syrian Identity in the Women�s Press in Egypt.� Third
Conference on the Syrian Land: Bilad al-Sham: Processes of Identities
and Ideologies. Institut f�r Politische Wissenschaft,
Friedrich-Alexander Universität, Erlangen-N�rnberg, Germany. July, 2000.
"Roman or Reform? Confessional Memoirs and Educating the Populace in
1920s Cairo." "The Arts in Arab Societies: Culture in a Transnational
Era," 1999 Symposium of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies,
Georgetown University, in conjunction with Middle East Research and
Information Project, Washington, D.C., April 7-8, 1999.
Also: African Studies Brownbag series, University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign, Oct. 2000; and Middle East Studies Association Annual
Conference, Orlando, Fla., Nov. 2000.
(In Arabic) "Siyasat al-sira siyasat al-jins: Zaynab Fawwaz, kitabat al-tarjama,
hayat Malak Hifni Nasif, wa-qadiyat al-mar�a fi Misr." (Politics of
Biography, Politics of Gender: Zaynab Fawwaz, the Writing of Biography,
the Life of Malak Hifni Nasif, and the Woman Question in Egypt.) Nadwa
fi dhikra Malak Hifni Nasif Bahithat al-Badiya 1886-1918, Women and
Memory Forum, Greater Cairo Library, Cairo, Egypt, Nov. 1998.
"Woman in Islam: Men and the 'Women's Press' in Turn-of-the-Century
Cairo." "Gendered Discourses/Discourses on Gender in the Middle East."
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-sheva, Israel, Jan. 6-7, 1997.
"Women's Biography, Feminism, and Discourses of Domesticity in Egypt."
Symposium on "Women, Culture, Nation: Egyptian Moments." New York
University, New York, April 7, 1995. (Honorarium)
"Biographies and Gender: Lives as Prescriptive Literature in Egypt."
Conference on "Forces of Change: Women, Art and Literature in the Arab
World." Emory University, Atlanta, March 16-18, 1995. (Honorarium)
"Literary Censorship in Egypt: The Case of Naguib Mahfouz."
Interdisciplinary Conference on "Censorship, Society, and Politics,"
Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Nov. 1991. (Honorarium)
4. Conference Panel and Workshop Presentations:
�Un/safe/ly at Home: Narratives of Sexual Coercion in 1920s Egypt.� 13th
Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Scripps College,
Claremont, June 2005.
(in Arabic) �Al-Tarikh al-fardi wa�l-tarikh al-jam�i: Kitabat al-mudhakkirat
fi Misr 1920.� (Individual and Collective History: Writing the Memoir in
1920s Egypt). Third Conference on The Arabic Novel: The Novel and
History, Supreme Council for Culture, Egyptian Ministry of Culture,
Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 2005. (Invited)
�Ataturk as Antar? Performing the Sira sha�biyya in Egyptian Dialect
Poetry.� Panel on �Vernacular Strains: The Dialectics of Colloquial
Arabic in Pre-modern and Modern Egyptian Literature.� Middle East
Studies Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, Nov. 2004.
�The Female Writer and Political Rhetoric in the 19th Century: Zaynab
Fawwaz and the Woman Question in Fiction.� Conference on �al-Mar�a
wa-al-ibda�� (Women and Creative Expression), Supreme Council for
Culture, Egyptian Ministry of Culture, Cairo, Egypt, Oct. 2002.
�The �Exemplary Woman� and Gender Politics in 1890s Egypt: Biography and
Fiction.� 12th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Univ. of
Connecticut, Storrs, June 2002.
�Babies or the Ballot? / Babies and the Ballot: Women�s Political
Aspirations and Constructions of the Great War in Egypt.� Middle East
Studies Association Annual Meeting, Nov. 2001, San Francisco.
�Women�s Constructions of the Great War in Egypt.� International
conference on �The First World War as Remembered in the Countries of the
Eastern Mediterranean,� The German Institute for Oriental Studies,
Beirut, Lebanon, Apr. 27-May 1 2001. (Invited)
(In Arabic) "Al-Mar�a fi al-Islam: al-Rijal wa-al-sihafa al-nisa�iyya fi
Misr." (Woman in Islam: Men and the Women's Press in Egypt). "Mi�at �am
�ala tahrir al-mar�a al-�arabiyya." Al-Majlis al-a�la lil-thaqafa.
Cairo, Egypt, Oct. 23-28, 1999. (Invited)
"Famous Wombs: Gendered Biography, Gendered Spaces, and Constructs of
the Ideal State in Modern Egypt." Middle East Studies Association Annual
Conference, San Francisco, Nov. 1997.
Also: Center for African Studies Brownbag Series, University of
Illinois, Feb. 1998.
"Framing the Imaginary: Conditions of Literary Production in Egypt Now."
Middle East Brownbag Series, Center for South and West Asian Studies,
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Dec. 1996.
"The Egyptian Lives of Jeanne d'Arc." Program in Comparative Literature
Lecture Series, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Oct. 1996.
"Transitional Women." Workshop presentation, "Transitions from Mamluk to
Ottoman, Ottoman to Modern Egypt." Center for the Study of Islamic
Societies, Washington University in St. Louis, April 1996. (Invited)
"Jeanne d'Arc, a Little-Known Egyptian Nationalist." Middle East Studies
Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., December 1995.
Also: Center for African Studies, University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign, Feb. 1996.
"Biography and the 20th-Century Women's Press in Egypt." Ford
Foundation, Cairo, Nov. 1994.
"Exemplary Biography and Feminist Aspirations: Zaynab Faww�z and the
Tabaq�t Tradition." Conference on "The Quest for Freedom in Modern
Arabic Literature," St. Antony's College, Oxford, U.K., March 1993
Also: Pgm in South and West Asian Studies, University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign, May 1993.
"Biography, Subjectivity, and Feminism in the Egyptian Women's Press,
1892-1935." Spring Symposium, Center for African Studies, University of
Illinois, on "African Life Writing: Objectivity and Reflexivity,"
Champaign-Urbana, April 1991.
Also: "Women in Religion and Society Symposium," Annenberg Institute,
Philadelphia, May 1991. (Invited)
"Imprinting Lives: Biography, Feminism, and the Women's Press in Egypt,
1892-1935." Middle East Studies Association, San Antonio, Nov. 1990.
"The Poetics of Laughter: Colloquial Poetry and the Press in Egypt."
American Research Center in Egypt, Cairo, 1987.
"Burlesquing the Belletrist: Mahmud Bayram al Tunisi's Satirical Maqamat."
British Middle East Studies (BRISMES) Conference, Oxford, 1984.
5. Other Recent Presentations:
Interview with Sally Placksin for MLA Radio Program, �What�s the Word?�
�The Early Arabic Novel and Emerging Feminism: Nineteenth-Century
Egypt.� Center for African Studies Brownbag Lectures, University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sept. 28, 2005.
�The Harem and the Houseboat: Writing against Respectability in 1920s
Egypt.� PSAMES Brownbag Lectures, University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign, Dec. 7, 2004.
�Girls and Euro/American Missionaries in the Early Twentieth Century
Arab World.� Global Crossroads Program, University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign, Nov. 16, 2003.
�Edward Said and Palestine.� For �The Legacy of Edward Said: Reflections
on Culture and Politics.� Illinois Program for Research in the
Humanities, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Oct. 14, 2003.
�What the Arab Media are Saying.� For �The Global Media and the War on
Terrorism.� Organized by Teachers for Peace and Justice. University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Oct. 17, 2001.
Roundtable presentation, WILL FM-580, current Middle East politics;
moderator, Jim Brighton, Nov. 2 2001.
�Contemporary Culture, Human Rights, and Freedom of Expression in
Egypt.� Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation, Seminar on
International Economic, Agricultural and Trade Policy, University of
Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Feb. 2000.
6. Service to the Profession:
Chair, Albert Hourani Memorial Book Prize in Middle East Studies, Middle
East Studies Association, 2005.
Board of Editors, Stanford University Press, Stanford Studies in Middle
Eastern and Islamic Societies and Cultures, 2004- .
Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Middle East Women�s Studies, 2004-
Editor Search Committee, Journal of Middle East Women�s Studies, 2004,
Book Review Editor, Journal of Women�s History, 2004-09.
Associate Editor, Journal of Women�s History, 2004-05.
Kluge Fellowship Review Panel, National Endowment for the Humanities,
Jurors� Committee, University of Arkansas Arabic Translation Award,
invited 2001 (2-year term; renewed for 2004 cycle).
Board of Directors, Middle East Studies Association, elected Nov. 2000
Chair, Association of Middle East Women�s Studies Essay Prize Committee,
Regional Programs Panelist, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2000.
External member, Ph.D. committee for Hala Halim (UCLA, Comparative
Binational Fulbright Commission/Egypt Selection Committee, Humanities
Grants for Social Sciences, 1998.
Albert Hourani Book Prize Committee, Middle East Studies Association,
Fellowships Panelist, National Endowment for the Humanities.
Fellowships Committee, American Research Center in Egypt.
Middle East Studies Association Nominating Committee, 1995.
Editorial Board Member, The Association of Middle East Women's Studies
Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Middle East Studies,
Advisor, "Voice of Egypt: The Life and Times of Umm Kulthum," dir.
Michal Goldman, The Filmmakers Collaborative, 1994-96.
Manuscripts reviewed for International Journal of Middle Eastern
Studies, Signs, Social Politics, Journal of Arabic Literature, Gender
and History, Feminist Studies, Journal of Women�s History, Journal of
Middle East Women�s Studies, University of Texas Press, University of
California Press, University of Arkansas Press, Stanford University
Press, Syracuse University Press.
7. Service, University of Illinois:
Third-year review letter for Shefali Chandra, Dept. of History and GWS,
Linguistics Dept. Search Committee, lectureship in Turkish language,
Advisory Committee, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities,
Executive Committee, Women and Gender in Global Perspective, 2005-7
Linguistics Dept. Search Committee, lectureship in Arabic language,
Executive Committee, Program in South Asian and Middle East Studies,
EALC/CWL Search Committee, position in modern Japanese literature,
Committee on Prestigious International Scholarships, 2003- .
Chancellor�s Planning Committee on Exploring the Human Experience (ETHE),
Marshall and Rhodes Scholarships Screening Committee, 1996-97, 2001.
Faculty Participant, Center for African Studies Rockefeller Dissertation
Proposal Workshop ("Arts and Humanities in Africa's Economic and
Political Transitions"), May 1998.
Center for African Studies Student Paper Prize Committee, 1992-93,
8. Outreach Lectures and Consultancy:
Consultant, Butler University, NEH Focus Grant, �Exploring the Islamic
Middle East in the Core Curriculum.� Indianapolis, 2002-03; led one-day
workshop on teaching gender in Middle East curricula.
Outreach Lectures, American University in Cairo (1987-90), for: Council
on Arab American Relations, Smithsonian, Elder Hostel, U.S. Dept. of
Education/Fulbright Study Tours. On: "Modern Arabic Literature in
Egypt," "Freedom of Expression and the Media in Egypt," "Naguib Mahfouz
and the Arabic Novel."
Professional Association Memberships:
Middle East Studies Association (MESA)
Association for Middle East Women�s Studies (AMEWS)
Midwest Association for Middle East and Islamic Studies (MAMEIS)
Association of Literary Translators of America (ALTA)
English: native language
Arabic: Modern Standard: Excellent reading, comprehension, composition,
Egyptian Colloquial: Excellent speaking, comprehension, translation
French: Excellent reading; fair comprehension
Turkish: Currently studying elementary modern Turkish, with a view to
acquiring a reading knowledge also of Ottoman Turkish (9/05)