Recent Publications

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Contains the translation (from Arabic) of Rashid al-Daif's "novelized biography," ‘Awdat al-almaani ila rushdih (Beirut: Riad El-Rayyes, 2006) as “How the German Came to His Senses.”

Contains my translation (from Arabic) of Rashid al-Daif’s novelized biography: “How the German Came to His Senses.”


Institution and Practice of Comparative Literature in Lebanon.” Comparative Literature Studies. 51.3 (2015).

Discourses of the 2011 Arab Revolutions.” Journal of Arabic Literature 43.2-3 (2013): 484-509.


Named an “Outstanding Academic Title” of 2012 by Choice magazine

“Fascinating, eloquent, and tightly argued, Standing by the Ruins offers a distinctive perspective on relations between cultural productions and politics in times of extreme duress.Across a range of fascinating examples, Seigneurie shows the ways in which novelists and filmmakers offer alternative visions in a collapsing world that can set the stage for new ways of imagining the future.”—David Damrosch, Harvard University

“An excellent study of the cultural production of Lebanese society resulting from the period of civil war.”——Roger Allen, University of Pennsylvania

Recent Lectures

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“L’humanisme francophone peut-il exister?” Conference: Quel « nouvel humanisme » francophone contemporain? Université Paris-Sorbonne. 16-18 June 2016. (Invited lecture)

“La Littérature mondiale : L’Esquisse d’un humanisme pour l’ère numérique.” Colloquium: Vers une littérature mondiale à l’heure du numérique? Université Paris – Sorbonne. 30 September – 2 October 2015. (Invited lecture)

“Humanities in Today’s University: The Elegiac in Modern Arabic Literature.” Institute for Comparative Literature and Society and Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) and Global Culture Studies. Columbia University, New York, 30 April 2015. (Invited lecture)

“La littérature-monde . . . et encore d’autres mondes.” Conference: Repenser la littérature-monde en français. SFU Department of French and Carleton University Department of French, Vancouver, 28-29 April 2014.

“A Little Adab Will Do: World Literature in Levantine Arab Culture.” American Comparative Literature Association, March 2014,

“Angelika Neuwirth’s Deep Commitment to Modern Levantine Culture.” A one-day symposium in honor of Angelika Neuwirth: “Erudition and Commitment.” Sponsored by the Forum Transregionale Studien: Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe and the Free University of Berlin. Berlin, 7 Dec. 2013

“National and World Literatures: The Changing Roles of Cultural Production in the World Today.” Univesité Saint-Joseph, Centre d’Etudes pour le Monde Arabe Moderne (CEMAM). Beirut, Lebanon, December 2012.

“Literariness and World Literature.”  The Orient Institute of Beirut. December 2012.

“Arabic Literature in World Literature: (Still) Pointing Incredulously at Death.” Keynote Address for the conference: At the Crossroads of Arabic Literature: Arabic Literary Heritage in the Context of World Literature. School of Modern Languages, University of St. Andrews, Scotland. September 2012.


Recent Courses (2015-16)

World Literature 301W – Advanced Composition at Simon Fraser University – Burnaby

In the mid-twentieth century, at the center of the enclosed garden known as the Humanities, from its pedestal suddenly fell humanism. Or rather it was pushed. Some saw it as an ideological delivery system for coercion. Others a code word for politicized atheism. At any rate, off they ran scot-free of the humanist totem. Today, humanism is something of an embarrassment, hovering between unselfconscious do-goodism and blatant speciesism, so most ignore it more or less politely…. Want to know more? See how you can enroll  for Fall 2016 at: http://www.sfu.ca/worldlit.html

World Literature 204 – Human Rights Literature at Simon Fraser University – Burnaby

“Human Rights” is a discourse, a realm of language use that is part of a network of assumptions, convictions and beliefs. Like other discourses – for example, those of business (“The bottom line is . . .”), medicine (“The symptoms reveal . . .”), sports (“The score tells all . . .”), religion (“Faith bears fruit . . .”) – the discourses of human rights makes sense only if one is familiar with its network of assumptions, convictions and beliefs: its ideology. Does this mean that human rights is a mere ideology? The first third of this course will trace the discourse of human rights as it emerges from literary texts around crucial concepts such as “human dignity,” “humanism” and “justice.” Want to know more? See how you can enroll for Fall 2016 at: http://www.sfu.ca/worldlit.html

World Literature 304 – Exiles and Emigrés at Simon Fraser University – Burnaby

Exile implies banishment, deportation or homelessness and exiles are prisoners, refugees or outcasts. Sometimes viewed as Byronic or “rakishly romantic” (most often by those who do not suffer it), exile in this course is traumatic. It wreaks spatial, spiritual and psychological alienation — it also sets the die for exceptional responses that transform exile into a source of enlightenment.




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