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Sydney Rice Aboul-Hosn

Sydney Rice Aboul-Hosn

Teaching Professor of Comparative Literature

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Office Phone: (814) 863-7383

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. PhD, The Pennsylvania State University (Comparative Literature), 1998
  2. MA and DEA, Université de Poitiers (Modern French Literature, Comparative Literature), 1981
  3. BA, University of Minnesota (summa cum laude, French, German, Spanish), 1975


I studied for six years at the University of Poitiers, France, which was my first exposure to Comparative Literature. My research interests include issues of narrative structures in 19th and 20th century French, American, and Latin American literatures. I continue to explore the role of silence and silent female characters in the construction of narrative theory, particularly in short stories. Authors I have compared in this process include Edgar Allan Poe, Barbey d’Aurevilly, and María Luisa Bombal. My secondary interest, by virtue of my teaching experience, is world mythologies, especially Native American, Hindu, and African belief systems.



Textbook for CMLit. 108; Myths and Mythologies (Pearson)


  • French literature
  • World mythology
  • Romanticism