I am currently PhD candidate with the English and Comparative Literature Department at the University of Warwick. My research project, Fear and Anger: A Wave of Arab Feminist Writing focuses on Arab women’s writing from the 1980s onward, in translation. I look at authoresses primarily from Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria, such as Mansoura Ez Eldin, Nawal El Saadawi, Joumana Haddad, and Hanan al-Shayk. My work focuses on the nuances of exchange between wider culture on feminist discourse, such as on spaces and method of protest, gender based violence, and language and genre. I posit, based on Nouri Gana’s 2013 theory of “collaborative revolutionism,” that there is an unconscious, collective, feminist uprising, where literature is repurposed a space of feminist protest and dissent, for example.
While my PhD project focuses on Arab women’s writings, my research interests vary widely, including feminisms and international feminisms, postcolonial studies, embodiment studies, place and space theory, gender and queer theory, gothic literature, zombie fiction, and monstrosity.
I have presented papers based on my Masters dissertation project, The Body and Discourse in Lebanese and Egyptian Women’s Writings at ‘Scheherazade in Classical, Modern and Postmodern Worlds’ Conference at Sheffield University (2016), and presented a paper on How Can Western Feminists Analyse the Middle East? at a conference entitled ‘Unsettling the Myths We Live By: Human Nature, Culture and Freedom’ at Durham University in celebration
of International Women’s Day (2017) and at the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender Graduate Seminar Series at the University of Warwick (November 2016). I have also, with the support of the Centre for Arts Doctoral Research Excellence, run a Peer Development Exchange Seminar entitled Intersectionality, Feminist Theory and Your Research (2016)
As well as studying, teaching with the department, and working, I am a Sub-warden for the Residential Life Team on campus.
My first teaching role was as a private tutor teaching English as a second language, and then I worked as a sessional cover teacher in a special educational needs school. In 2016/17 I taught on EN123 Modern World Literature, this year I am teaching on the Academic Writing Program, EN122: Modes of Reading, IL005: Applied Imagination with IATL, and on IP103: Art and Revolution with Liberal Arts.