The Literary Qurʾan

Mon, Oct 26, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm
Open to the Public - Registration Required.
The Department & Program in Near Eastern studies

Speaker: Hoda El Shakry, University of Chicago

Respondent: Yasser.Elhariry, Dartmouth College

Hoda El Shakry is a scholar of twentieth- and twenty-first century cultural production from North Africa and the Middle East, with an emphasis on the relationship between aesthetics and ethics. Specializing in Arab/ic and Francophone literature, visual culture, and criticism, her interdisciplinary research explores aesthetic theory, Islamic philosophy, comparative literary criticism, as well as gender and sexuality.

Hoda El Shakry’s book The Literary Qurʾan: Narrative Ethics in the Maghreb (Fordham University Press, 2019) was awarded the 2018 Helen Tartar Book Subvention Award of the American Comparative Literature Association. It examinesthe influence of Qurʾanic textual, hermeneutical, and philosophical traditions on Arabophone and Francophone fiction from the Maghreb (Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco).

Her current book project is a critical history of twentieth-century cultural journals and periodicals from the Maghreb.

Hoda El Shakry received her Ph.D. from UCLA. Before joining the University of Chicago, she was an Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Penn State and a Faculty Fellow at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University.

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