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Selected Publications

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In the Shadow of World Literature: Sites of Reading in Colonial Egypt(Princeton 2016)

Edited Volumes:

Pensando com Saba Mahmood: Aprensentação Special Dossier of Debates do NER, co-edited with Bruno Reinhardt, Vol. 2, No. 26, 2019.

Lingua Franca: Toward a Philology of the Sea Special Issue of Philological Encounters, co-edited with Elisabetta Benigni, (Leiden: Brill, 2017)

Reading Secularism: Religion, Literature, Aesthetics. Special Issue ofComparative Literature. Vol. 65, No. 3, Summer 2013.


"The Language(s) of Self-Representation: Toward a Postcolonial Theory of Voice," Critical Times, Fall 2022.

“Heterodox Philology: A Conversation with Gauri Viswanthan,” Philological Encounters, Spring 2021.

“Translating Whispers: Reading, Recitation, Realism,” SubStance 154, Vol. 50, No. 1, 2021.

“Dying to Read: Reflections on the Ends of Literacy,” New Literary History, Volume 51, Number 2, Spring 2020, 281-298.

“Hermenêutica” (A Hermeneutical Approach), Debates do NER, Vol. 2, No. 26, 2019, 211-216.

“Picturing Other Languages: Reflections on Photography and Philology,” College English, Volume 82, Number 1, September 2019. 94-112.

“Old Media/New Futures: Revolutionary Reverberations of Fanon’s Radio,” PMLA, “New Geographies of Reading,” 134.1, Spring 2019, 188-193.

Youssef Chahine’s Iskandariyya…Leh? (Article) Entry for the Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2019), 847-851.

“Re-Reading the Arab Darwin: The Lewis Affair and Naguib Mahfouz’s Palace of Desire,” Modernism/Modernity, Volume 23, Number 2, 2016. 319-340

"Scattered Letters: Translingual Poetics in Assia Djebar's L'Amour, La Fantasia," Philological Encounters, Volume 2, Issue 1. 2015.

"You, The Sacrificial Reader: Poetics and Pronouns in Mahmoud Darwish's 'al-Qurban'" Friederike Pannewick and Georges Khalil (eds.), Commitment and Beyond: Reflections on/of the Political in Arabic Literature since the 1940s, (Wiesbaden: Reichert-Verlag, 2015).

"The Hermeneutics of the Other: Intersubjectivity and the Limits of Narration in Rashid al-Daif's How the German Came to His Senses" in Ken Seigneurie (ed.), What Makes a Man?, (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2015), 214-227.

"Queer Couplings: Formations of Religion and Sexuality in The Yacoubian Building," The International Journal of Middle East Studies, 44:4, 2013. (

"How Adab Became Literary: Formalism, Orientalism and the Institutions of World Literature," Journal of Arabic Literature (43), Issues 2-3, 2012, pp172-96.

“Deserted Histories: The Great Pyramid and Early Film Form,” Special Issue of Early Popular Visual Culture, 6:2, 159-170, July 2008.

“ Reading With One Eye, Speaking With One Tongue: The Problem of Address in World Literature,” Comparative Literature Studies, Volume 44, no. 1-2, Fall 2007

“The Limits of Secular Criticism: Reflections on Literary Reading in a Colonial Frame,” Townsend Center for the Humanities Newsletter, February 2007

“Fanon and the Flesh of Language: Towards a Material Linguistics of Colonial Subjection,” Equinoxes , Number 4, Winter 2004

“The Location of Lebanon: Portraits and Places in the Videography of Jayce Salloum,” Parachute , Volume 108 Beyrouth_Beirut, Fall 2002, Simultaneously published as “Le Lieu Liban: Portraits et Sites dans L’Art Vidéo de Jayce Salloum” translated by Denis Lessard