Critical Friends

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Critical Friends2017-05-21T13:54:29+00:00

MULOSIGE seeks to build relationships with other scholars to critique the work of the project, creating a network of scholars working on world literature and its multilingual aspects. We are grateful for the support and deep insights provided by our critical friends, who are based in institutions around the world.

Professor Wen-chin Ouyang (SOAS)

Wen-chin Ouyang is Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at SOAS. She completed her BA in Arabic at Tripoli University and PhD Middle Eastern Studies at Columbia University in New York City. Wen-chin has written extensively on classical and modern Arabic narrative and literary criticism. She is the author of Literary Criticism in Medieval Arabic-Islamic Culture: The Making of a Tradition (1997), Poetics of Love in the Arabic Novel (2012) and Politics of Nostalgia in the Arabic Novel (2013). She has also published widely on The Thousand and One Nights, often in comparison with classical and modern Arabic narrative traditions, European and Hollywood cinema, magic realism, and Chinese storytelling.

Professor Stefan Sperl (SOAS)

Stefan Sperl is Head of Department of Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East at SOAS. He studied Arabic at Oxford and the American University in Cairo and completed his PhD at SOAS. His research interests include classical and modern Arabic literature and comparative literature. Stefan’s publications include The Cosmic Script: Sacred Geometry and the Science of Arabic Penmanship (2014, with Ahmed Moustafa), Mannerism in Arabic Poetry (1989), Qasida Poetry in Islamic Asia & Africa (1996, with Christopher Shackle), as well as articles on Arabic, Islamic and Refugee Studies.

Professor Mohamed-Salah Omri (Oxford University)

Mohamed-Salah Omri is Tutorial Fellow in Modern Arabic at St John’s College, Oxford. He obtained a BA from the University of Tunis, his MA and PhD in comparative literature were completed at Washington University in St. Louis. His interests include modern Arabic literature, Francophone literature of the Maghreb, comparative and world literatures, literature and history. He is author of Nationalism, Islam and World Literature: sites of confluence in the writings of Mahmud al-Mas’adi (Routledge, 2006) and edited The Novelization of Islamic Literatures: the intersections of Western, Arabic, Persian, Urdu and Turkish Traditions (2007). He is founding member of Oxford Comparative Criticism ad Translation and Chair of the ICLA committee on Comparative history of literatures in the Islamic world.

Professor Marilyn Booth (Oxford University)

Marilyn Booth is Khalid bin Abdullah Al Saud Professor in the Study of the Contemporary Arab World and Professor and Director of Research, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford since 2015. Prior to this, Marilyn taught at Brown University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Edinburgh and New York University Abu Dhabi. She completed a BA at Harvard-Radcliffe College and PhD at St. Antony’s College. Marilyn’s current research focuses on nineteenth-century feminism and women’s writing in Egypt and Ottoman Syria along with the emergence of the Arabic novel. Recent publications include Classes of Ladies of Cloistered Spaces: Writing Feminist History through Biography in Fin-de-Siècle Egypt (2015) and May Her Likes Be Multiplied: Biography and Gender Politics in Egypt (2001).

Professor Caroline Rooney (University of Kent)

Caroline Rooney is Professor of African and Middle Eastern Studies in the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Kent. She studied at the University of Cape Town before taking up a Beit Fellowship at Oxford University. Her research mainly engages in postcolonial studies and theory and Arab cultural studies, focusing on liberation struggles and their aftermaths in both sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Middle East. Her current work is concerned with contemporary Arab writing and popular culture in relation to the Arab uprisings, and explores the resources of arts activism both critically and creatively.

Professor Ziad Elmarsafy (King’s College London)

Ziad Elmarsafy is Professor of Comparative Literature at King’s College London. He is the author of Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel (2012) and has published in areas including the literature and culture of early modern France, the Enlightenment and modern Arabic literature. His current research focuses on the reception of Sufi themes and ideas by Western thinkers and writers.

Professor Gonzalo Fernandez Parrilla (Autonomous University of Madrid)

Gonzalo Fernandez Parrilla is Associate Professor of Arabic Literature at the Autonomous University of Madrid. He is the author of La literatura marroquí contemporánea (2006), a history of modern Moroccan literature. He is the director of the Spanish series of Arabic literature Memorias del Mediterráneo, published by Ediciones del Oriente y del Mediterráneo.