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English and Comparative Literature

The department of English and Comparative Literature at the American University in Cairo is the only department of comparative literature in the Arab world and Africa. It also offers the only graduate degree in comparative literature within the liberal arts tradition in the Arab world. Our world-class faculty boasts strong research profiles in  Greek and Roman classics, Arabic and European medieval studies, Renaissance literature and the Islamicate world, literary theory, modernist studies in Europe and the Arab world, American literature, gender studies, and world literature. 

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News and Deadlines
May 2018: New publication: Tahia Abdel Nasser:
Palestine and Latin America: Lina
Meruane’s Volverse Palestina and Nathalie Handal’s La Estrella Invisible.”

May 2018: Marcia Lynx Qualey (Arab-Lit-in-English blog): Lecture, “Literary blogging and
the Arab world"

April 2018: New publication: May Hawas: The Routledge Companion to World Literature and World History.

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Facts and Figures

  • Established 1920
  • Up to $3000 worth of awards in Madalyn Lamont competition for creative work in Arabic and English.
  • 92% employment rate in the same year of graduation:
  • 21% -- pursue full-time postgraduate studies
  • 8% -- work and study at the same time
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