Samia Mehrez


Samia Mehre
z  (سامية محرز) obtained her BA and MA degrees at the American University in Cairo and completed her PhD at UCLA where her dissertation focused on the works of the Egyptian writer Gamal al-Ghitani.

She taught at Cornell University from 1984-1990 in the Department of Near Eastern Studies before she came to the American University in Cairo where she currently teaches modern Arabic literature in the Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations. She is the director of the recently established Center for Translation Studies at AUC. She has published several articles in the fields of modern Arabic literature, postcolonial literature, translation studies, gender studies and cultural studies.

She is the author of Egyptian Writers between History and Fiction: Essays on Naguib Mahfouz, Sonallah Ibrahim and Gamal al-Ghitani (AUC Press, 1994 and 2004), Egypt's Culture Wars: Politics and Practice(Routledge 2008; AUC Press 2010), and has edited and partially translated The Literary Atlas of Cairo: One Hundred Years on the Streets of the City (AUC Press 2010) and The Literary Life of Cairo: One Hundred Years in the Heart of the City (AUC Press 2010).

She is currently preparing a multi-media exhibition, with artist Amr Khadr, based on the literary material in theLiterary Atlas and Literary Life volumes. The exhibition is entitled The Literary Cairo Installation and will be held during January 2011.

(From website)

Publications: (English)

  • Egyptian Writers Between History And Fiction: Essays On Naguib Mahfous, Sonallah Ibrahim And Gamal Al-ghitani. 2005
  • Egypt's Culture Wars: Politics and Practice. 2010
  • The Literary Life of Cairo: One Hundred Years in the Heart of the City. 2011


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