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Nora Eltahawy

Visiting Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Northwestern University


Nora Eltahawy specializes in Arab American literature and culture, multiethnic American writing, and 20th and 21st century American literature. At Northwestern, she has designed and taught courses on a wide array of topics, including 20th century war literature, detective fiction, and international perspectives on the United States. Her teaching has been recognized with the Northwestern English Department’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant and Outstanding Graduate Instructor Awards.

Her current book project traces the impact of military encounters between the United States and the Middle East on the development of Arab American literature. Positioned at the intersection of American literary studies, history, and the emerging field of Arab American studies, it argues that Arab American authors utilized the sense of social and political upheaval that attended these encounters in order to test the boundaries between the United States and the Middle East and to claim their literary identity as equally dependent on both regions.

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