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Waïl S. Hassan

Professor of French and Italian,Center for African Studies,Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies,Center for Global Studies,English, and Center for Translation Studies

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Professor of Comparative Literature and English

Affiliated with:

Department of French & Italian, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Centers for African, Global, Latin American and Caribbean, South Asian and Middle Eastern, and Translation Studies 

Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies 

Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Arabic and Arab Diaspora literatures, Arabic intellectual history, comparative literature, transnational studies, postcolonial and translation theory

Research Description

  • My current research focuses on the Arabic novel and on Arab literary and cultural relations with the Americas.


  • Ph.D. Comparative Literature, UIUC (1998)

Distinctions / Awards

  • University Scholar, 2016-2019
  • Vice-President, American Comparative Literature Association



  • The Oxford Handbook of Arab Novelistic Traditions. . Oxford University Press, 2017.
  • Lughz al-Qaf. . Cairo: National Center for Translation, 2015.
  • Approaches to Teaching the Works of Naguib Mahfouz. . MLA Publications, 2012.
  • Immigrant Narratives: Orientalism and Cultural Translation in Arab American and Arab British Literature. . Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • Thou Shalt Nor Speak My Language. . Syracuse University Press, 2008.
  • Tayeb Salih: Ideology and the Craft of Fiction. . Syracuse University Press, 2003.

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