Media Studies and the Academic Elite

[Published in Quest of a Discipline:  New Academic Directions for Comparative Literature. Cambridge University Press,  Feb 2012] American actor and recent Academy Award co-host, James Franco, has in the past eighteen months been arguably one of the most productive people of celebrity on the planet.  Just…

Desaparecidos

[Published in Dictionnaire de la violence. Ed. Michela Marzano. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2010] The notion of disappearance has existed throughout time involving the absence of an individual or group of people and can be found throughout historical tales and literature.  Originally disappearance took place…

Fitna, the Bi-Langue, and
the Nomadization of Gender and Sex
in Leila Sebbar

[Published in Re-Imaging Gender. Eds. Mala Pandurang and Anke Bartels.  New Delhi: Pencraft International Press, 2010] In Transfigurations of the Maghreb, Winifred Woodhull elucidates Abdelkebir Khatibi’s notion of the bi-langue as a discourse which works against the hegemonic monolith of French language, literature, and culture through…