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Dina Heshmat

Brief Biography

Dina Heshmat joined the Department of Arab and Islamic Studies in 2013 as an assistant professor of Arabic literature. She teaches modern and contemporary Arabic literature, focusing on Egyptian novels and short stories. Before joining The American University in Cairo, she taught Arabic language and literature at Leiden University (2009 - 2013).

    Research Interest
    • Literature and History
    • Literature and Urban Space
    • Literature and Cinema
    • Gender Studies


    Articles and Book Chapters

    • Kamel Daoud: Documenting Algerian Reality between Literature and Journalism (in Arabic), Alif Journal of Comparative Poetics n°37, 2017, 96-117
    • Mahfouz’ Cairo and Pamuk’s Istanbul: Cities of Historic and Cultural Upheaval (in Arabic), Alif Journal of Comparative Poetics n°35, 2015, 68-83
    • Egyptian Narratives of the 2011 Revolution: Diary as a Medium of Reconciliation with the Political in Pannewick, Friederike and George Khalil, eds. Commitment and Beyond: Reflections on the Political in Arabic Literature since the 1940s. Wiesbaden: Reichert 2015, 63-75
    • Reshaping Urban Imaginary: Cairo Malls in Two Contemporary Egyptian Novels, Arabica, vol. 58, n°6, 2011, 545-560
    • Novels of Anger and Revolution (in Arabic), Jadaliyya, December 2011
    • De la Ville Vertige à la Mégapole Fragmentée,  Lettre de l'OUCC n°6/7, 2005, 60-66
    •  Imbaba is an Open City: a Study of Ibrahim Aslan’s The Heron, Amkina n°3, 2001, 95-114


    • Encyclopedia of Islam, Three, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Leiden Boston: 2019. Ḥusayn, Muḥammad Kāmil, 61-63.
    • Didier, Antoinette Fouque and Mireille Calle-Gruber, eds. Le Dictionnaire universel des créatrices, Paris, Editions des Femmes, 2013. Entries about 18 Palestinian women writers and a general article: Femmes de lettres and National Palestinian Movement

    Book Reviews

    •  Alexandrian Cosmopolitanism: An Archive, by Hala Halim. New York: Fordham UP. 2013 Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, Vol.43, n°2, December 2016, 571-573
    • Gender, Nation and the Arabic Novel, Egypt, 1892-2008, by Hoda Elsadda. New York: Syracuse University Press and Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012, Comparative Literature Studies, Vol.51, n°2, 2014, 51-353
    • Shawq al-Darwish, by Hammur Ziyada: Beware Faith, My Son, for it Sometimes Might Be as Devastating as Impiety, (Arabic), Jadaliyya. Arab Studies Institute, 20 February 2015
    • 1919 by Ahmed Mourad: a Radical Attempt at Rewriting History That Fails to Translate the Revolution’s Spirit (Arabic), Jadaliyya. Arab Studies Institute, 18 June 2014
    • PhD in Modern Arabic literature, 2004, University of Paris III–Sorbonne Nouvelle, France
    • Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies, (DEA, present Master II) in Modern Arabic Literature, 1998, University of Paris IV–Sorbonne, France
    • Master's in Modern Arabic Literature, 1997, University of Paris IV–Sorbonne, France