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Mary Youssef

TRIP Courtesy Title; Associate Professor

Translation Research and Instruction Program (TRIP); Middle Eastern and Ancient Mediterranean Studies


  • PhD, MA, University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • BA, Cairo University

Research Interests

  • The Contemporary Egyptian Novel
  • Modern Arabic Literature
  • Arab Diasporic Literature
  • African Literature
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Migration Studies
  • Race Studies
  • Gender Studies

Teaching Interests

  • Modern Arabic Literature
  • Arab American and Diasporic Literature
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Translation Theory
  • The Arabic Language

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Minorities in the Contemporary Egyptian Novel. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018.


“The Aesthetics of Difference: History and Representations of Otherness in al-Nubi and Wahat al-ghurub.alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics: New Paradigms in the Study of Modern Middle Eastern Literature. No. 35 (2015): 75-99.

“Framing the (In)sensible in Egypt’s Post-2011 Satirical Novels in The Queue and Cats of the Eluded Year,” Journal of African Literature Association/JALA. 15.3 (2021): 348-363.

"Together from Womb to Tomb: Sisters, Brother, and the Nation in Mahfouz and Kanafani" alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics: No. 43 (2023): 61-89.

"Reading Cultural Translation: Between Arabness and Americanness in two 'New Arrival' Novels." Islamic Ecumene: Comparing Muslim Societies. Eds. David S. Powers and Eric Tagliacozzo, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, forthcoming in 2023.

Book Reviews

Review of Urban Space in Contemporary Egyptian Literature: Portraits of Cairo by Mara Naaman. International Journal of Islamic Architecture. 3.1. (2014): 201-4.