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Samia Mehrez

Samia Mehrez obtained her BA and MA from the American University in Cairo (AUC) and completed her PhD at UCLA where her dissertation focused on the works of the Egyptian writer Gamal al-Ghitani. Before joining AUC, she taught at Cornell University from 1984-1990 in the Department of Near Eastern Studies. She currently teaches modern Arabic literature in Arabic and in translation as well as courses on translation studies and theory in the Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations. She is the founding director of the newly established AUC Center for Translation Studies. She has published numerous 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 2005 and Egypt’s Culture Wars: Politics and Practice, Routledge 2008, AUC Press 2010. Her edited anthologies A Literary Atlas of Cairo: One hundred Years in the Life of the City and The Literary Life of Cairo: One Hundred Years in the Heart of the City  in which she has translated the works of numerous Egyptian writers are published by AUC Press 2010, 2011 and will soon be appearing in Arabic by Dar Al-Shorouk, Cairo. She is currently working with a group of scholars on an edited volume titled Translation, Gender and Knowledge Production.

 To view Samia Mehrez interview in Asymptote Journal on Translating Egypt's Revolution: The Language of Tahrir by Nazry Bahrawi click here

To view Samia Mehrez interview on Nile TV about Translating Revolution click here

To view Samia Mehrez interview in Good Morning Egypt about The Literary Atlas of Cairo click here