A Region With a Story to Tell

Maurice Pomerantz's research goes much further into Arab and Muslim history. He studies maqāmāt, an Arabic literary form that began in the 10th century in central Asia, and started to peter out in the 19th century.

To Print or Not to Print? Books in the Digital Age

Is curling up to read on a tablet just as good as curling up with an actual book?

NYU Abu Dhabi's Charisma of the Book Conference brought together scholars from across a range of disciplines — from religion to art history — to ask this kind of unique 21st century question and explore the cultural status and social power of the book in today's digital age.

Cyrus Patell on Emergent US Literatures

In this episode, NYU Abu Dhabi Associate Professor of Literature Cyrus Patell considers how marginalized strains of American literature can be thought of using Raymond Williams's concept of the "emergent." Watch him discuss American literature on the margins, including the writing of Maxine Hong Kingston.

Bridging Literary Borders with Paulo Horta

NYUAD Assistant Professor of Literature Paulo Horta is doing things a little differently. "When 90 percent of comparative literature being taught and published in the United States pertains to European languages, we need to go beyond that," he said.

In the News

Marvellous Thieves Adds a New Chapter to Arabian Nights
Paulo Lemos Horta gives 'secret authors' their due in his study of the World Literature classic. 
North Shore News | December 15, 2017

How Novelist Deepak Unnikrishnan Post-Modernized the United Arab Emirates
The Abu Dhabi-based writer uses feats of imagination to bring voices to country’s many inhabitants.
The Culture Trip | October 28, 2017 UAE, where I was raised and where foreign nationals constitute over 80 percent of the population. It is a nation built by people who are eventually required to leave.”
The Washington Post  | March 13, 2017