Ziad Elmarsafy

Visiting professor 2011-12 (CENEL - Department of Literature - UFR LSHS) 

Senior Reader 
Department of English and Related Literature
University of York, 
Heslington, YO10 5DD, UK

Research interests

  • Literatures of the Middle East and North Africa (Arabic, French, English)
  • Post-colonial literature writ large
  • Literature and religion

Pr. Elmarsafy is currently preparing a book on Literature and Revolution in Egypt, 1952-2012, an analysis of the interaction between literary, political, economic and religious discourse in postcolonial Egypt.

Selected publications 


As co-editor

  • Debating Orientalism, co-edited with David Attwell and Anna Bernard. Forthcoming (under contract), Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Selected articles or book chapters

  • “Hassan Teleb ou le symbolisme engagé.”  In Marc Kober, ed., Poésies des Suds et des Orients.  Special issue of Itinéraires et Contacts de Cultures 42 (2008): 137-149.
  • “Adapting Sufism to Video Art: Bill Viola and the Sacred.”  Alif 28 (2008): 127-149.
  • “Manifesto for a New Translation of the Qur’ān.”  In Gerald Maclean, ed, Britain and the Muslim World: Historical Perspectives. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011.  192-202.  [Expanded and revised version of article at http://hdl.handle.net/10036/67377]
  • “ ‘Do You Love Egypt?’ Alaa Al-Aswany and the Desire for Revolution.”  In Karima Laachir and Saeed Talajooy, eds, Resistance in Contemporary Middle Eastern Cultures: Literature, Cinema and Music.  Forthcoming, Routledge, 2012.


Conference Program at the University Paris 13

In Marc Kober's Seminar from 13.30 to 15.30, Room B204 (UFR LSHS 1st floor)

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