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Thompson, Levi Assistant Professor

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Research

research overview

  • Levi Thompson's research brings together the theoretical richness of Comparative Literature and the philological rigor of Area Studies to critically investigate the development of literary modernism in the Middle East. HIs areas of interest include modernist poetry in Arabic and Persian, Cold War cultures, translation studies, cinema, and cultural transactions across the Global South.

keywords

  • cold war, transnationalism, persian, modernism, arabic, literature, literary theory, continental philosophy, cultural studies, modernity, twentieth century, islam, iran, iraq, egypt, middle east, near east

Publications

selected publications

Teaching

courses taught

  • ARAB 1011 - Introduction to Arab and Islamic Civilizations
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Provides an interdisciplinary overview of the cultures of the Arabic-speaking peoples of Southwest Asia and North Africa from the rise of Islam in the 7th century to the present. Readings include historical, religious, literary and cultural texts from both the medieval and modern eras. Taught in English.
  • ARAB 3330 - The Arabic Novel
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Focusing on the origins and development of the novel genre in the Arabic tradition, this course examines both the aesthetic qualities of the genre as an artistic form and the ways that it has depicted and intervened in the modern social, political, and cultural upheavals that have shaped the Arab world in the 20th century. Authors include Najib Mahfuz, Abd al Rahman Munif, Hanan al-Shaykh, and Ghassan Kanafani. Taught in English.
  • ARAB 3340 - Representing Islam
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Explores the cultural politics of representations of the Arab and Islamic worlds both with an emphasis on literary representations of the Islamic world in travel narratives and novels from both the West and the Arab world. Examines historical, anthropological, and visual texts to consider how Islam has been narrated in colonial European imaginings about the Islamic world as well as contemporary representations. Taught in English.
  • ARAB 3410 - Gender, Sexuality and Culture in the Modern Middle East
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Examines the issues of gender and sexuality in the modern Middle East and North Africa from the colonial period to the present, focusing on how feminist movements, Arab women's writing, and constructions of gender and sexuality have been shaped by local, national and international factors. Taught in English. Same as WGST 3410.
  • FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.
  • HUMN 3093 - Topics in Humanities
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Students should check with the department for specific semester offerings. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours, provided the specific offerings vary.
  • WGST 3410 - Gender, Sexuality and Culture in the Modern Middle East
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Examines the issues of gender and sexuality in the modern Middle East and North Africa from the colonial period to the present, focusing on how feminist movements, Arab women's writing, and constructions of gender and sexuality have been shaped by local, national and international factors. Taught in English. Same as ARAB 3410.

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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