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Mary Youssef

Assistant Professor of Arabic

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University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dissertation Title and Abstract:  Rethinking Difference: The Emergence of a New Consciousness in the Contemporary Egyptian Novel: A study of novels written by contemporary Egyptian writers that present the Egyptian society as fundamentally heterogeneous, consisting of several groups based on differences in ethnicity, religion, culture, gender, and sexuality. The dissertation examines interactions between conflicting formations such as the modern nation-state and critical cosmopolitanism and Classical Arabic literary culture and vernacular appropriations. An interdisciplinary analysis of these disjunctions reveals the multiplicity of Egyptian experiences of modernity and these writers' positions with respect to history, social change, postcolonialism, and novelistic practices.

University of Cairo

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Fall 2013

Spring 2013

Fall 2012

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