Soliman

Mounira
Soliman

Position
Professor
Department
Department of English and Comparative Literature

Profile

Brief Biography

Mounira Soliman is a professor of English and Comparative Literature. She is the co-editor of Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa: A Postcolonial Outlook (2013). Her most recent publication is a co-edited special issue on Artivism, Culture and Knowledge Production for Egalitarian Citizenship in the Middle East and North Africa” (forthcoming 2020). Her current book project is on Egyptian Culinary Literature. Her other research project is on comics in modern Arabic culture. Her articles have appeared in Comparative American Studies, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and elsewhere. Soliman was a visiting fellow at the John F. Kennedy Institute at Freie Universitat in Berlin (2019). She serves on the international advisory board of the Center for American Studies and Research at the American University in Beirut, and the advisory board of the Orientale American Studies International Summer School in Italy.

  • Books

    • “Artivism, Culture and Knowledge Production for Egalitarian Citizenship in the Middle East and North Africa”, special issue of Studi Magrebini co-edited by Sara Borrilo and Mounira Soliman. Forthcoming Brill, 2020.
    • Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa: A Postcolonial Outlook, co-edited by Walid El Hamamsy and Mounira Soliman. Routledge, 2013.
    • Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Democracy, co-translated into Arabic by Walid El Hamamsy and Mounira Soliman. Saqi Books, London & Beirut, 2011.
    • Egyptian Women Artists, by Hoda El Saadi and Mounira Soliman. Women and Memory Forum, Cairo, Egypt. 2008.

    Book Chapters and Articles

    • “Mutations of Heroism: The Case of the Egyptian Superheroine” in “Artivism, Culture and Knowledge Production for Egalitarian Citizenship in the Middle East and North Africa”, special issue of Studi Magrebini co-edited by Sara Borrilo and Mounira Soliman. Forthcoming Brill, 2020.
    •  Mahraganat Music: Protest on the Margin” Oxford Handbook for Protest Music, co-edited by Noriko Manabe and Eric A. Drott. Forthcoming 2020.
    • “Reflections on What Is Unsaid by Scheherazade: From Creativity to Performance” Alif: A Journal of Comparative Poetics 39, 2019. In Arabic.
    • “Urban Space, Power Struggle, and the Remaking of the City" in North Africa Transition and Emerging Actors, co-edited by Anna Maria Di Tolla and Ersilia Francesca. vol. 1, Studi Magrebini, N.S. Vol. XIV/2016, Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”, Napoli 2017.
    • “The Reception of U.S. Discourse on the Egyptian Revolution: Between the Popular and the Official” a book chapter in American Studies Encounters the Middle East, co-edited by Alex Lubin and Marwan Kraidy, University of North Carolina Press, 2016.
    • "American Studies in the Shadow of Orientalism" Comparative American Studies:An International Journal. 13:4 (Winter 2015).
    • "The National Song and the Arab Revolution” Alif: A Journal of Comparative Poetics 35, 2015. In Arabic.
    • “Egyptian Women between Art and Activism” Singapore Middle East Papers, 12:3, September 2014. Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore.
    • PhD, Cairo University
    • MA, The American University in Cairo
Research Interest
  • Comparative and world literature
  • Popular culture and cultural studies
  • Culinary literature and food studies
  • Transnationalism in American studies
  • Postcolonial theory