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Mattar, Karim Assistant Professor


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  • Karim Mattar is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His 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 a co-edited volume, The Edinburgh Companion to the Postcolonial Middle East (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming; 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 4830 Honors Thesis (Spring 2019 UC Boulder)
  • ENGL 5459 Introduction to the Profession (Spring 2019 UC Boulder)
  • ENGL 2112 Introduction to Literary Theory (Fall 2018 UC Boulder)
  • ENGL 4018 Literature and Globalization (Fall 2018 UC Boulder)
  • ENGL 4830 Honors Thesis (Spring 2018 UC Boulder)


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