Karim Mattar, Assistant Professor

Faculty photo: Karim MattarKarim Mattar specializes in postcolonial studies. He received his DPhil in English from the University of Oxford (2013), after earning degrees at UCL (BA, 2003), Warwick (MA, 2004), Sussex (MA, 2005), and Virginia (MA, 2009). Dr. Mattar’s research and teaching interests include Middle Eastern literatures in English, Palestinian literature and culture, the global novel, postcolonial studies, world literature, critical theory (esp. Marxism), and modernism. His work charts a post-Saidian world literary landscape where the political, religious, and gender ideologies that undergird conflict between ‘occidental’ and ‘oriental’ cultures both determine literary circulation, and are mediated through form. His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Interventions, the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Translation and Literature, English Language Notes, and elsewhere. His special issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing on “The Global Checkpoint,” co-edited with David Fieni, came out in early 2014, and his edited special issue of English Language Notes on “Cartographies of Dissent” is due out in early 2015. In 2012, he, with Anna Ball and Mohamed-Salah Omri, co-convened the first ever “Oxford Palestine Film Season”, which featured a range of Palestinian filmmakers and scholars. He is currently at work on a book manuscript entitled “The Middle Eastern Novel in English: Literary Transnationalism after Orientalism,” as well as, with Anna Ball, a co-edited volume on “The Postcolonial Middle East.”

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