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Hoda El Shakry

Hoda El Shakry

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature

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  1. Ph.D., UCLA, 2012
  2. B.A., Rutgers University, 2001


My teaching and research interests lie in contemporary literature, criticism and visual culture of the Middle East and North Africa.  My scholarship traverses the fields of modern Arabic and Francophone North African literature, Mediterranean studies, gender and sexuality studies, Islam and secular criticism, as well as postcolonial studies and narrative theory.  My current book project explores literary engagements with the Qur’an and Islamic Thought in twentieth century Arabophone and Francophone fiction of the Maghreb.  In addition to working on the question of 'Adab' in North African literature and criticism, my forthcoming research projects include a study of science fiction and futurity in Arab literature.  Before coming to Penn State, I was an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU.  My publications include: “Apocalyptic Pasts, Orwellian Future’s: Elle Flanders’ Zero Degrees of Separation ” in GLQ (2010) and “Revolutionary Eschatology: Islam and the End of Time in al-Tahir Wattar’s al-Zilzal” in the Journal of Arabic Literature (2011).  I also have a forthcoming piece on Arabic literary pedagogy and the Maghreb, entitled: “Lessons from the Maghreb.”



  • Modern Arab/ic Literature, Criticism & Visual Culture
  • Francophone North Africa & the Maghreb
  • Postcolonial Studies, Narrative Theory, Gender & Sexuality, Islam & Secular Criticism