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Ferial Ghazoul


Barbara Harlow: The Formative Egyptian Period

[Barbara Harlow with Mia Carter in Azhar Park, Cairo. Image by Mia Carter, via the author.]

In her late twenties, she arrived in Egypt of the late 1970s looking like a teenager who lost her way and ended up in teeming Cairo. Doris Shoukri, then chair of the department of English and Comparative Literature (ECLT) at the American University in Cairo (AUC), had interviewed her in Berlin in 1977 for her first teaching position as an assistant professor. Doris recalls Barbara, looking like a twelve-year-old blond waif with flowers in her hands. The animated discussion ...

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Ferial Ghazoul is Professor of English and comparative literature at the American University of Cairo. She is the founding editor of Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics (an annual multi-disciplinary publication). Her many publications include Nocturnal Poetics: The Arabian Nights in Comparative Context (AUC Press, 1996) and the edited collections Edward Said and Critical Decolonization (AUC Press, 2007), Arab Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide, 1873-1999 (co-edited with Radwa Ashour and Hasna Reda-Mekdashi, AUC Press, 2008), and The View from Within: Writers and Critics on Contemporary Arabic Literature (co-edited with Barbara Harlow, AUC Press, 1994).