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Wessam Elmeligi

Assistant Professor, Arabic Literature and Language

Office Information:

College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters
Department of Language, Culture, and Communication
University of Michigan-Dearborn
3093 CASL Building, 4901 Evergreen Rd, Dearborn, MI 48126

phone: 313-593-5429

Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies; CMENAS Faculty


PhD, Literary Theory, Alexandria University, Egypt, 2000
MA, Literary Theory, Alexandria University, Egypt, 1997
BA, English Literature and Language, Alexandria University, Egypt, 1993

Research Areas: Arabic and comparative literature, translation, visual narratives, gender studies.

Selected Publications:


The Poetry of Arab Women from the Pre-Islamic Age to Andalusia. Routledge, 2019


“It Is Not Just Phonetics and Aristocrats – It Is Sexuality and Politics: The Adaptation of Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion in the Egyptian Theatre.” In Rewriting Narratives in Egyptian Theatre: Translation, Performance, Politics, ed. Sirkku Aaltonen & Areeg Ibrahim. Routledge, 2016


“Unreliable Author: Narrative Duality in Sonallah Ibrahim’s ʾAmrīkānlī.” Authorship 8, no.1. Ghent: Ghent University/DOAJ, 2019. 1-17

“Narrative Fluidity: Intermedial Interpretation of the Persian Legend, Khosrow and Shirin: Abbas Kiarostami’s film Shirin, Ferdowsi’s miniatures, and Nizami Ganjavi’s 12th century Epic Khamsa.” Image & Narrative 19, no.2, 201. 105-123

“Demarginalizing the Marginalized in a Marginalized Form: A Study of Joe Sacco’s Graphic Travelogues Palestine and Safe Area Goražde.” In Proceedings of the Tenth International Symposium on Comparative Literature, edited by Salwa Kamel and Hoda S. Gindi. Cairo: Cairo University Press, 2011. 615-649

Selected Conference Presentations

“Being the Noise: Satrapis’ Persepolis as a Graphic Narrative of Contemporary Muslim Women's Identity Quest." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Comparative Literary Association on “Global Languages, Local Cultures,” Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 27, 2009.

“North-bound or West-bound? Temporal, Spatial and Cultural Shifts in Two Migration Narratives of Africa and the Middle East.” Paper presented at a conference on “Migration, Border, and the Nation-State,” co-hosted by Texas Tech University’s Comparative Literature Program and the U.S. branch of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, Lubbock, Texas, April 9-11, 2009.

“Cultural Memory or Cultural Rebirth? Crisis Narrative in Mohja Kahf’s The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf." Paper presented at a conference on “Politics of Crisis,” University of California, Irvine, California, April 3-4, 2009.

Fellowships and Awards:

Fund for the Advancement of Collaborative Teaching, Macalester College (with Professor Ernesto Ortiz-Diaz) to develop course “Hyphenating Identities: Multiculturalisms in Al-Andalus and the Americas,” 2018

Educator of the Year (nominee), Macalester College, 2013

Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, Macalester College, 2008-2009

Fulbright Scholarship Recipient, Summer Institute on Contemporary Literature, University of Louisville, Kentucky, 1999

Award sponsored by Alexandria University, Edinburgh University, and the British Council in Alexandria for “New Worlds: British Culture in the Twentieth Century,” Scottish Universities’ International Summer, 1995