Maya Kesrouany, Assistant Professor of Literature, Arts and Humanities, NYUAD

Maya Kesrouany

Assistant Professor of Literature, Arts and Humanities

Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi


Maya Kesrouany is an Assistant Professor of Modern Arabic Literature at NYUAD. Her recent scholarship centers on modern Arabic literature and culture, with a specific interest in the theory, practice and impact of translation on twentieth-century Arab cultural thought.

Over the course of her academic career, Kesrouany has taught courses in Arabic and postcolonial literature, modern British literature and culture, the novel, literary theory in a comparative framework, and Middle Eastern studies. At NYU Abu Dhabi, Kesrouany will be teaching courses such as “Introduction to Modern Arabic Literature.”

Kesrouany is currently working on a manuscript that is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press in 2017 entitled Prophetic Translation: The Promise of European Literature in the Egyptian Imaginary. The book explores translations of French and British literature and philosophy into Arabic around the turn of the 20th century and their impact on modern Arabic narrative and thought. Other publications deal more specifically with the translation and teaching of Arabic literature, the history of criticism, and the role of the public intellectual in the Arab world today.

Kesrouany received her B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from the American University of Beirut, and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Emory University.