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Nancy S. Linthicum

Title: Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies
Arabic Program Director
Department: Languages, Literatures and Cultures
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: J. Welsh Humanities Office Bldg. 816

Ph.D.   University of Michigan, 2019
M.A.    University of Michigan, 2011
B.A.    Barnard College, 2005

Nancy Linthicum is joining the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in fall 2019 as Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies and Director of the Arabic Program. She recently completed her PhD in Arabic Language and Literature in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan.

Linthicum’s research is located at the intersection of literary studies and cultural studies and focuses on contemporary Arabic literature and the various cultural institutions involved in its production, circulation, and reception. Her current project draws on literary criticism and theory from book history in an interdisciplinary approach that examines the development of an experimental, diversely composed Egyptian literary group as it took shape over the 1990s and up to the Egyptian revolution of 2011. In it, she proposes a methodological intervention by investigating Egypt’s “nineties generation” as more than just its constitutive authors and the literary traits that have come to be synonymous with it.

Her research and teaching interests include modern Arabic literature and culture, the sociology of cultural production, the history of the book, world literature, postcolonial studies, women’s studies, translation studies, and teaching Arabic as a foreign language. In addition to teaching on Arab culture, she has several years of experience teaching Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and integrated MSA-Egyptian dialect classes. 


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