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Spring 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013
Nouri Gana (Comparative Literature, UCLA)
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Specters of Arabness
3:30 pm Curtin 175
Part of the Arab and American: Literature, Media, Gender, and Cultural Politics lecture series

For this talk, Nouri Gana will discuss the ways in which Arab and Arab American writers, artists, and intellectuals have perseveringly sought to imagine and construct viable structures of cultural critique and empowerment on the pyre of the political project of Arab nationalism and in growing response to the globalization and consolidation of neocolonial and imperial ideologies in the Arab world.

Brown bag lunch discussion with Nouri Gana
Friday, March 29
12 noon, Curtin 939
Background reading: Nouri Gana, "Rap and Revolt in the Arab World," Social Text 113 30, no. 4 (Winter 2012): 25-33.

Nouri Gana is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature & Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has published numerous articles and chapters on the literatures and cultures of the Arab world and its diasporas in such scholarly venues as Comparative Literature Studies, PMLA, Public Culture and Social Text. He has also contributed op-eds to such magazines and international newspapers as The Guardian, El Pais, The Electronic Intifada, Jadaliyya and CounterPunch.

Author of Signifying Loss: Towards a Poetics of Narrative Mourning (Bucknell UP, 2011), Professor Gana is currently completing a book manuscript on the cultural politics of melancholia in the Arab world and another on the history of cultural dissent in Tunisia (1934-2010). In addition, he is the editor of The Tunisian Revolution: Contexts, Architects, Prospects and of The Edinburgh Companion to the Arab Novel in English, both of which will be published by Edinburgh UP in Sept. 2013.

The Arab and American: Literature, Media, Gender, and Cultural Politics lecture series is co-organized by the Vilas Trust, English Department/Creative Writing, Women’s Studies, the Cultures and Communities Program, the Center for 21st Century Studies (C21), History Department/Comparative Ethnic Studies Program, Comparative Literature, and Geography Department at UW-Milwaukee.

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