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Mattar, Karim Assistant Professor


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  • Karim Mattar’s work addresses the problematic of world literature within the context of global capitalist modernity. In his writings and in the classroom, he deploys a range of comparative, postcolonial, and Marxist critical approaches to assess how the dialectics of modernity are registered in and engaged by literary and cultural texts from around the world. As reflected in his two current book projects, this inquiry is at present largely focalized around the Middle East. He is at work on a monograph, Specters of World Literature: Orientalism, Modernity, and the Novel in the Middle East, and has recently completed a co-edited volume, The Edinburgh Companion to the Postcolonial Middle East (Edinburgh University Press, 2018; with Anna Ball). His other research and teaching interests include modernism, the global novel, literatures of global crisis, the Israel / Palestine conflict, and critical theory.


  • World literature, Middle Eastern literatures and cultures, the Israel and Palestine conflict, Orientalism, the global novel, literatures of global crisis, critical theory, Marxism, poststructuralism, postcolonialism, ecocriticism, indigenous studies, translation, modernism, modernity


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courses taught

  • ENGL 2112 - Introduction to Literary Theory
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Introduces students to a wide range of critical theories that English majors need to know. Covers major movements in modern literary/critical theory, from Matthew Arnold through new criticism to contemporary postmodern frameworks. Required for all English majors.
  • ENGL 3116 - Topics in Advanced Theory
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Studies special topics in theory; specially designed for English majors. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours different topics.
  • ENGL 4018 - Literature and Globalization
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Studies special topics that focus on transnational and global issues since 1600. Topics vary each semester and may include globalization, cross-cultural exchanges, migration, and the history and legacies of imperialism. Specially designed for English majors. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits for different topics.
  • ENGL 5459 - Introduction to the Profession
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Introduces purposes, methods and techniques of professional scholarship in English. Provides an overview of the discipline, including traditional areas of research and recent developments. Teaches students how to use research, bibliographic, and reference tools to prepare papers for conferences and publication. Required of all MA students in English.


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