Prof Ziad Elmarsafy
Professor of Comparative Literature
Head of Department
Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1034
Address Department of Comparative Literature
King's College London
Virginia Woolf Building, Room VWB 6.13
London WC2B 6LE
I came to King's after several years of teaching in the University of York's Department of English and Related Literature. Before that I taught at a number of universities in the USA (University of California, Riverside; Wellesley College; NYU) and have held a number of visiting appointments, most recently at the Université Paris Nord – Paris 13 and the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3.
- Literatures of the Middle East and North Africa (Arabic, English, French)
- Literature and religion
- Literary theory
I have published in a number of areas, including the literature and culture of early modern France, the Enlightenment and modern Arabic literature.
My current research focuses on the reception of Sufi themes and ideas by Western thinkers and writers.
- Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012. 260 pages. ISBN 978-0748641406.
- Debating Orientalism,co-edited with Anna Bernard and David Attwell. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.288 pages. ISBN 978-0230303522.
- What Postcolonial Theory Doesn’t Say, co-edited with Anna Bernard and Stuart Murray. New York and Abingdon: Routledge 2015. 271 pages. ISBN 978-0415857970.
- “Action, Imagination, Institution, Natality, Revolution.” Journal for Cultural Research 19.2 (2015): 130-138. http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/9HnAuQax5KMyhJ2eFiM4/full
- “Desiring Revolution II.” CounterText 1.1 (April 2015): 76–89. DOI: 10.3366/count.2015.0007
Expertise and public engagement
- World Literature
- Middle Eastern/North African literature
- Literary theory
I am happy to speak about any of the research areas above