Tunisian scholar & UCLA Professor Nouri Gana will visit NMU September 17th, 2014.
Professor Nouri Gana comes to speak about his new book, The Making of the Tunisian Revolution, as well as the role of the arts in the Arab Spring, and the current state of affairs in North Africa. He will deliver a public talk the evening of September 17th at 6:00pm in the Brule Room of the University Center (UC).
Nouri Gana is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature & Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles. He published numerous articles and chapters on the literatures and cultures of the Arab world and its diasporas in such scholarly venues as Comparative Literature Studies, PMLA, Public Culture and Social Text. He also contributed op-eds to such magazines and international newspapers as The Guardian, El Pais, The Electronic Intifada, Jadaliyya and CounterPunch. He is the author of Signifying Loss: Toward a Poetics of Narrative Mourning (Bucknell UP, 2011), and the editor of The Making of the Tunisian Revolution: Contexts, Architects, Prospects and of The Edinburgh Companion to the Arab Novel in English (Edinburgh UP, 2013). He is currently completing a book manuscript on the politics of melancholia in the Arab world and another on the history of cultural dissent in colonial and postcolonial Tunisia.