Interests include: Mythology, Popular Culture, Comparative Religions, Literature, Fine Arts, Horror, Fantasy, Dystopia, Retro-Futurism, Science Fiction, Pulp Fiction, Cultural Anthropology.
I work primarily on Oscar Wilde and his intellectual contexts, especially as they appear in his notebooks. I also study utopias and dystopias, science fiction, and traditional ballads and blues. I support the MLA’s efforts to promote better working conditions, salaries, and fringe benefits for full-time and part-time NTS faculty.
I recently completed my Ph.D. (FRQSC) in Comparative Literature at the Université de Montréal. My dissertation,” Geographies of Care and Posthuman Relationality in North American Fiction by Women,” explores how seven contemporary North-American novels (historical novels, contemporary fiction and dystopias) written by women illustrate the primacy of relationality. To achieve this goal, I use the notions of “geographies of care” and “posthuman care” critically to uncover, in the texts, gestures, and attitudes of care that facilitate, despite obstacles, the appropriation of social and intimate structures through the development of spaces and relationships of solidarity.I am now a postdoctoral fellow (SSHRC, CLC) at the Canadian Literature Centre (UAlberta), under the supervision of Marie Carrière. My project will further investigate the interconnections between posthuman care, ordinary ethics, and Canadian and Quebecois literatures.My main research interests are feminist care ethics, the posthuman framework, Canadian literature, ordinary ethics, and feminist/alternative space theory.
“Demythologizing the Palestinian in Hany Abu-Assad’s Omar and Paradise Now,” Transnational Cinemas, 6:3 (2015).
“Specters of Doom: Saramago’s Dystopias in Blindness and The Cave,” Orbis Litterarum, 70: 3 (2015).
“أهلاً, hello and bonjour: a postcolonial analysis of Arab media’s use o…
Hania A. M. Nashef is an associate professor in the Department of Mass Communication at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Her publications include Palestinian Culture and the Nakba: Bearing Witness, The Politics of Humiliation in the Novels of J. M. Coetzee and other articles on J.M. Coetzee and José Saramago, including “Becomings in J.M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians and José Saramago’s Blindness,” and in Comparative Literature Studies, and recently “Specters of Doom: Saramago’s Dystopias in Blindness and The Cave.” She has also published on Palestinian literature, film and Arab media representations, including “Disconcerting images: Arab female portrayals on Arab television,” in Interventions, “Barbaric space: Portrayal of Arab lands in Hollywood films,” in Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa, “Demythologizing the Palestinian in Hany Abu-Assad’s Omar and Paradise Now” in Transnational Cinemas, “Virtuality and différance in the age of the hyperreal,” in Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication and more recently “Challenging the myth of “a land without a people’: Mahmoud Darwish’s Journal of an Ordinary Grief and In the Presence of Absence in The Journal of Commonwealth Literature and “Two memories: Darwish and Shehadeh recount their days under siege,” in Prose Studies: History, Theory, Criticism and others.
Kirsten Imani Kasai writes fiction, nonfiction and poetry while teaching creative writing and English composition to adults. Her fourth novel The House of Erzulie will be published in February 2018 by Shade Mountain Press. Her extensive experience in print and digital publication management inspired her to launch The Magic Word Editing Co., which offers a full range of editorial and e-book design services to emerging and published writers, independent publishers, academics, scientists and small businesses. She’s also the editor and publisher of Body Parts Magazine, an online literary journal. Her areas of expertise and interest include: women’s and feminist literature, utopias & dystopias in pop culture and literature, the Hero’s Journey, genre fiction (historical, dark fantasy & sci-fi, speculative fiction, horror and Gothic), literary and commercial fiction, fairy tales, mythology, folklore, and hybrid, experimental and multi-genre prose. She has been a discussion panelist and moderator, guest speaker and workshop leader for writing/publishing and pop culture/genre conventions and conferences (Southern California Writer’s Conference, Comic Con, LosCon, BayCon, ConDor). She is available to book as a speaker or writing workshop leader. Kirsten holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Certification in the Teaching of Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. Visit her online at KirstenImaniKasai.com. A full list of publications and appearances is available here.
…er reviewed articles:
“An Ever-Compromised Utopia: Virtual Reality in Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge.” In On Troubled Futures: New Perspectives to Dystopian Fiction in Literature and Other Media, forthcoming 2019.
“The Ironic Transhumanity of William Gibson’s The Peripheral.” Fafnir – Nordic…
Working on my PhD Affordances for the Future: Allegory and Cognition in Technocritical Speculative Fiction at the Department of Languages, University of Helsinki. Interested in the ways capital, culture, technology, and life intersect and collide.
…2014 _____ PhD, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. “Biopunk Dystopias: Genetic Engineering, Society and Science Fiction
2010 _____ Master of Higher Education, Universität Hamburg
2005 _____ Magister Artium American Studies, British Studies, German Studies, Universität Hamburg…
2016 Biopunk Dystopias: Genetic Engineering, Society and Science Fiction. Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2016.
2008 Discredited Knowledge: Magie, Mythos und Toni Morrisons Song of Solomon. Saarbrücken: AV, 2008.
2012 Collision of Realities: Establish…
MA student in Literature & Digital Culture BA(Hons) English graduate
Comparative literature, Women’s literature, Science and Religion in Literature, Margaret Atwood, Dystopian literature
digital humanities, history of print culture, science fiction, canon formation, literary translation, dystopian fiction