American and British Modernism; Modern Women writers; Gender and Feminist Theories; Representations of women in literature and film; Theories of Subjectivity; Literary Criticism; Critical Theory; Rhetorical Analysis
Comparative Literature. Arabic Literature. English Literature. Interdisciplinary literary criticism. Prison Literature. Modernism/Postmodernism. Arab Christian Poets. Translation of poetry. Visual arts in the Arabian Gulf region.
Early American literature and culture; frontier studies; ecocriticism; Native American literature; women writers; feminist literary criticism; transnational studies; first contact studies; higher education policy issues
Medieval Literature, Chaucer, Spencer, 20th Century American Literature, F. Scott Fitzgerald, World War I poetry, Japanese Literature, Literary Criticism and Theory, Mimetics,
Southern African Literature, Portuguese travel and disaster narratives from 1552-1660, British women travelers, poetry, marxist literary criticism, feminist criticism, higher education activism on behalf of PTF. new digital educational formats in the humanities.
The author surveys Spanish and Hebrew literary criticism to determine to what extent the Hebrew language production of medieval Iberian authors have been reflected or omitted from Spanish literary history and draws some conclusions as to the reasons why or why not.
I am a final year PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne. My thesis considers the politics of mobility in the work of Virginia Woolf, Christina Stead, Mavis Gallant and Anita Desai. My interests include postcolonial criticism; feminist literary criticism and women’s writing; Australian, Canadian and Indian literature; travel writing and mobility studies.
I am a literary critic, specialising in 19th- and 20th-century English literature, and literary theory, with a particular focus on the work of Jacques Derrida. In addition to having written or edited more than 40 books of criticism, I have also published a novel, Silent Music, and two collections of poetry, Draping the Sky for a Snowfall and The Grand European Bestiary, the latter a bilingual collection, in Polish and English (Polish translations by Monika Szuba).
ABSTRACT Theorizations of the female subject in Arabic literary criticism have long charted debates within Western feminism. This chapter invites a reading of Hanan al-Shaykh’s novel The Story of Zahra that would attend rather to the quiet narrative aporia surrounding a reticent Zahra, the challenge her will to be “look[ed] at [as] a woman in peacetime” presents to liberal feminist literary criticism in English, and what that all might have to do with the narrative conditions of war in Arabic. This chapter is intended for use in the classroom, to be read by students and their teachers in courses on women’s writing, the Arabic novel, war literature, translation, and American feminism; and invites students and teachers to take The Story of Zahra as an opportunity for closer reading. The Story of Zahra offers a case study in which the hesitations of a piece of fiction both warn against the imposition of a reader’s politics of feminism, and yet seem persistently also to stage those very critical tendencies.
Chapter 1: Introduction provides on overview of the nature of English chivalric romances and an explanation of the historical circumstances of its particular vogue in late Elizabethan and early Jacobean England. It examines the biases in literary criticism—literary supersession and literary prefigurement, and neo-classical definitions of and relationships between genres—which serve to disregard or discount such romances. It concludes by sketching the discussions to follow, on the survival and significance of English chivalric romances, and on the methodology, both like and unlike source and influence studies, used in the interpretations of Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear.