Anna Bailey

2nd-year M.A. student
Email Address: 
ab46@princeton.edu
Office Location: 
Jones Hall

 

I graduated from Dartmouth College in 2011 with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures (AMELL) and French. While at Dartmouth, I spent six months studying Arabic and French at the Université Lumière Lyon 2 in Lyon, France, and a further three months studying Arabic in Tangier, Morocco. I was also fortunate during my undergraduate years to study under Professor Kamal Abu-Deeb, one of the preeminent Arab scholars and literary critics of our time. Professor Abu-Deeb helped guide my interests to the study of Arabic poetry, literary criticism, philosophy, and semiotics, areas which aided me in the successful completion of my undergraduate French Honors Thesis on the Dada and surrealist poetry of Paul Éluard in early 20th-century France. My focus shifted firmly to Arabic with my acceptance to the 2011-2012 Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) program in Cairo, where I spent an amazing year traveling Egypt and engaging in intensive and fully immersive Arabic language study. 

My primary research interests revolve around poetry, notions of modernity, and the evolution of the Arabic literary form, particularly as they relate to the works of the Syrian poet Adonis. I am also interested in semiotics and the ways in which literary and poetic signifiers are produced and altered; in my research at Princeton, I would like to further explore the lineage of the Arabic language of poetry.