Culture and Politics as Reflected in Modern Tunisian Literature, with Dr. William Granara
Lecture and discussion, light refreshments
Speaker: Dr. William Granara
Location: Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), 1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW (Rome Building- Room 812 or Auditorium)
Dr. William Granara teaches Arabic language and literature and directs the Arabic language program at Harvard University. He studied Arabic at Georgetown University and received his PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the former executive director of the Center for Arabic Study at the American University in Cairo and the former director of the Arabic Field School of the U.S. Department of State in Tunis. He has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and North Africa. He lectures and writes on contemporary Arabic literature and has published translations of Egyptian and North African fiction. His translation into English of the Algerian Arabic novel, The Earthquake, was published in March, 2000. His work on literary criticism focuses on postcolonialism and cross cultural poetics. While the topic of the lecture will be Tunisian literature, Granara is an interesting, knowledgeable, and dynamic speaker, and is extraordinarily well equipped to discuss and to answer questions from the audience on all aspects of Maghrebi and Arabic literatures.
This lecture is co-sponsored by the American Tunisian Association, the Middle East Institute, and the Maghreb Center. The Maghreb Center speaker series has been made possible with the support of the Moroccan American Cultural Center.