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Hosam Aboul-Ela

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Associate Professor

Hosam Aboul-Ela is an associate professor, who teaches courses in postcolonial literature, literary theory, and American literature. His research takes a radically comparative approach, combining exploration of the various fields of transnational studies, postcolonial theory, literature of the Americas, translation studies, and Arab cultural studies. His work examines the point of connection between the literary and the social through the historicization of critical theory. He is the author of Other South: Faulkner, Coloniality, and the Mariátegui Tradition (U of Pittsburgh P, 2007) as well as critical articles appearing in American Literature, Arab Studies Journal, CR: The New Centennial Review, Edebiyaat, MELUS, mfs: Modern Fiction Studies, Mississippi Quarterly, and Rethinking Marxism. He has also translated Voices by Soleiman Fayyad (Marion Boyars, 1993), Distant Train by Ibrahim Abdel Meguid (Syracuse UP, 2007), and Stealth (New Directions, 2014) by Sonallah Ibrahim. His current projects include a book length study of the link between literary culture and empire in the United States from World War II to the present. He is also co-editor with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak of "Theory in the World", a new publication series translating critical theory from outside Europe and North America. He regularly teaches English 3301, 3365, 7369, and 8386, and is among the founding faculty of the graduate certificate programs in both translation studies and empire studies.



  • Ph.D., University of Texas
  • B.A., University of Texas

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Research Interests

Post-Colonial Literature, Literary Theory, Transnatiional Studies, Faulkner Studies, Arab Studies


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