Waïl S. Hassan

Professor of English,Center for African Studies,Latin American and Caribbean Studies,French and Italian,Center for Global Studies, and Center for Translation Studies


Professor of Comparative Literature and English

Affiliated with:

Department of French & Italian, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Centers for African, Global, Latin American and Caribbean, South Asian and Middle Eastern, and Translation Studies 

Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies 

Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Arabic and Arab Diaspora literatures, Arabic intellectual history, comparative literature, transnational studies, postcolonial and translation theory

Research Description

  • My current research focuses on the Arabic novel and on Arab literary and cultural relations with the Americas.


  • Ph.D. Comparative Literature, UIUC (1998)

Distinctions / Awards

  • University Scholar, 2016-2019
  • Vice-President, American Comparative Literature Association



  • The Oxford Handbook of Arab Novelistic Traditions. Oxford University Press, 2017.
  • Lughz al-Qaf. Cairo: National Center for Translation, 2015.
  • Approaches to Teaching the Works of Naguib Mahfouz. MLA Publications, 2012.
  • Immigrant Narratives: Orientalism and Cultural Translation in Arab American and Arab British Literature. Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • Thou Shalt Nor Speak My Language. Syracuse University Press, 2008.
  • Tayeb Salih: Ideology and the Craft of Fiction. Syracuse University Press, 2003.

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