Atef Laouyene

College of Arts and Letters
Department of English
Office Location: ET A627
Phone: 323-343-4291

Teaching Experience

  • Assistant Professor, California State University, Los Angeles, 2009-Present
  • Part-Time Teacher, University of Ottawa, Canada, 2007-2009                             
  • Part-Time Teacher, Carleton University, Canada, Fall 2008                                    
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Ottawa, Canada, 2001-2007                                                     

Courses Taught

  • ENGL-580 Graduate Seminar: “Representations of the Exotic in Diasporic Middle Eastern Literature.”
  • ENGL-541: Graduate Seminar: “Postcolonialism: Theory, Politics, Practice”
  • ENGL-510: Graduate Seminar: “Violence, Trauma, and Narrative Ethics”
  • ENGL-492: Seminar in Literature and Language
    • “Violence, Ethics, and the Literary Imagination”
    • “Orientalism in Literature and Film
  • ENGL-486: 20th-Century Continental Fiction
  • ENGL-452: Cultural Studies and English Literature
  • ENGL-383: Narratives of Maturity and Aging
  • ENGL-382: Violence and Literature
  • ENGL-340: Writing in the Major
  • ENGL-280: Contemporary World Literature
  • ENGL-250: Understanding Literature
  • EngL-200C: British Literature Survey II (18th Century-Present)
  • ENGL-102: Composition II

RESEARCH

  • Anglophone Arab Writing
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Postcolonial Literary Studies
  • Critical Theory
  • History of Arab Spain
  • Francophone Literatures of the Maghreb

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Title Date

Book

(In Progress) “Exoticism and the Politics of Representation in Diasporic Arab Literature.” Book manuscript contracted with Northwestern UP. 

 

Articles/Book Chapters

“Pathologies of Moorishness: Al-Andalus, Narrative, and ‘Worldly Humanism.’” Journal of East-West Thought. 3.1. (2013): 31-44.

2013

“The Canadian Gothic and the Work of Ghosting in Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Fall on Your Knee,” in Unsettled Remains: Canadian Literature and the Postcolonial Gothic. Ed. Cynthia Sugars and Gerry Turcotte. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2009.

2009

“Andalusian Poetics: Rushdie’s The Moor’s Last Sigh and the Limits of Hybridity.” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature 38.4 (2008): 143-65.

2008

“‘I am no Othello.  I am a lie’: Shakespeare’s Moor and the Post-Exotic in Tayeb Salih’s Season of Migration to the North,” in Native Shakespeares: Indigenous Appropriations on a Global Stage. Ed. Craig Dionne and Parmita Kapadia. London: Ashgate Press, 2008. 213-32.

2008

Book Reviews

“Translational Poetics in Arab Immigrant Writing.” Rev. of Immigrant Narratives: Orientalism and Cultural Translation in Arab American and Arab British Literature, by Waïl S. Hassan. Postcolonial Text. 7. 4 (2013)

“Of Violence and Poetry.” Rev. of To Love a Palestinian Woman, by Ehab Lotayef; Alien, Correspondent, by Antony Di Nardo; and Back in the Days, by Addena Sumter-Freitag. Canadian Literature. 212. (2012): 164-166.

“Pan-Arabism Under British Eyes.” Rev. of Britain and Arab Unity: A Documentary History from the Treaty of Versailles to the End of World War II, by Younan Labib Rizk. Journal of Intercultural Studies. 33.4. (2012): 463-47.

"Orient Re-oriented,” Rev. of Translating Orients: Between Ideology and Utopia, By Timothy Weiss. Postcolonial Text 2. 2 (2006).

Conference Participation

“Representations of Violence in Middle Eastern Literature: 9/11 and the Exotics of Terror.” Presented for ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association), New York, March-20-24, 2014.

Chair, “God and Man in Medieval and Renaissance Literature” at the “CSULA Conference on Modernity, Critique, and Humanism,” February12-13 2012.

Moderator, the CSULA American Communities Program panel, “The Revolutionary Impulse, ” February 1, 2012.

Chair, “Sor Juana and her Relations with Baroque Institutions of New Spain” at the “CSULA Conference on So Juan de la Cruz, Her Work, Colonial Mexico, and Spain’s Golden Age,” May 13-14, 2011.

“Pathologies of Moorishness in Arab Diasporic Writing,” presented at the MLA Conference, Los Angeles, January 6-9, 2011.

“Ethics of Witnessing: Life Writing and the Spectacle of Arab Violence,” presented for CACLALS at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, May 28-June 4, 2010.

“Hauntropologies: Arab Canadians and the Specter of Marginality,” presented for CACLALS at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Carleton University, Canada, May 23-26, 2009.

“Arabs, 9/11, and the New Face of the Exotic” presented for ACCUTE at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Carleton University, Canada, May 23-26, 2009.

“The Post-Exotic Arab: Re-Arranging the Tropes,” presented at the MLA Convention, Chicago, December 27-30, 2007.

“Odalisque Revisited,” presented at the Fifth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Paris, July 17-20, 2007.

“‘I am no Othello.  I am a lie’: The Undoing of the Moor in Tayib Salih’s Season of Migration to the North,” presented for CACLALS at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Winnipeg, Canada, May 2004.


EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Ph.D., English, 2008                                                                      

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada                                                                                                                          

M.A., English, 2001                                                                           

Laval University, Québec, Canada

Diplôme des Études Approfondies in English, 1998                     

Faculté des Letters, Manouba, Tunisia

License in English Language and Literature, 1997                       

Faculté des Lettres, Sousse, Tunisia

 

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