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Mounira Soliman and Walid El Hamamsy
New Texts Out Now: Mounira Soliman and Walid El Hamamsy, Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa
Mounira Soliman and Walid El Hamamsy, editors, Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa: A Postcolonial Outlook. London and New York: Routledge, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this collection? Mounira Soliman and Walid El Hamamsy (MS & WH): The idea for this book came from our perceived awareness of an emerging body of popular culture in the Middle East and North Africa that needed to be examined, analyzed, and theorized. We felt that work ...Keep Reading »
Mounira Soliman is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Cairo University. She is the co-editor of Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa: A Postcolonial Outlook (Routledge, 2013), and the co-translator into Arabic of Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Democracy (Saqi Books, 2011). She has published in the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and The Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, amongst others. She was a Fulbright Visiting Senior Specialist at Yale University 2008. She currently serves on the International Advisory Board of the Center for American Studies and Research, American University in Beirut.
Walid El Hamamsy is Assistant Professor in the English Department, Cairo University. He is the co-editor of Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa: A Postcolonial Outlook (Routledge, 2013). His interests include translation, comparative literature, film and gender issues. His most recent publications include “Epistolary Memory: Revisiting the Traumas of Rape and Civil War in Women’s Writing” (Alif, 2010); a co-translation into Arabic of Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Democracy (Saqi Books, 2011); “BB = BlackBerry or Big Brother: Digital Media and the Egyptian Revolution” (Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 2011); “Shooting Under Fire: Film-making and the Aesthetics of Resistance (Interview with Omar Robert Hamilton)” (Wasafiri, December 2012); and “‘Egypt…isn’t that in Switzerland?’: American Cartoons and the Egyptian Revolution (Shifting Borders: America and the Middle East/North Africa, ed. Alex Lubin, forthcoming by AUB 2013).