Professor of World Literature at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. I study the relationships between literary culture and humanist thought in the West and in the Arab world and am currently working as General Editor of the five-volume Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Literature. Recent publications include: an Arabic to English translation of Rashid al-Daif’s “novelized biography,” ‘Awdat al-almaani ila rushdih as “How the German Came to His Senses” and appearing in What Makes a Man? Sex Talk in Beirut and Berlin (University of Texas Press, 2015); “The Institution and the Practice of Comparative Literature in Lebanon,” Comparative Literature Studies 51.3 (2014): 373-396; Standing by the Ruins: Elegiac Humanism in Wartime and Postwar Lebanon (Fordham University Press, 2011). This book was named an “Outstanding Academic Title” of 2012 by Choice magazine. See also my Crisis and Memory: The Representation of Space in Modern Levantine Narrative (Reichert, 2003). I have enjoyed lifelong close contact with the cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean and Europe. Prior to my current position, I lived and worked in Lebanon for thirteen years. I began my career in the 1980s as a Paris-based journalist specializing in human rights in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
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