Biography

For the 2017-18 academic year I am serving as the Edward Said Professor of American Studies at the American University of Beirut. My permanent position is 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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CASAR                                                                        World Literature / AQ 5128
American University of Beirut                               Simon Fraser University
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Email: kseigneu@sfu.ca