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Jonas M. Elbousty
Yale University
Jonas Elbousty holds MPhil and PhD degrees from Columbia University. He has taught at many universities, including Al Akhawyeen University, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Columbia University. He currently teaches at Yale where he served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Near Eastenr Languages for seven years, and currently the DUS for Modern Middle East. His book publications include eight books Vitality and Dynamism: Interstitial Dialogues of Language, Politics, and Religion in Morocco’s Literary Tradition (University of Chicago Press, 2015), Advanced Arabic Literary Reader (Routledge Press, 2016), Media Arabic (Routledge Press, 2021), Aswat Muasira (Georgetown UP, 2023), Tales of Tangier (Yale UP, 2023), Screams of War (Seagull Books, 2024), Reading Mohamed Choukri’s Narratives (Routledge Press, 2024), Faces (Georgetown UP, 2024). His work has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, ArabLit, ArabLit Quarterly, Asheville Poetry Review, Banipal, Prospectus, Sekka, Journal of North African Studies, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Comparative Literature, Journal of New Jersey Poets, among other publications. In 2019, Jonas Elbousty was nominated for the DeVane Medal, and in 2020, he was the recipient of the Poorvu Family Fund for Academic Innovation Award, given to outstanding junior faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in teaching in undergraduate programs. He has also received many other awards, including the Ordre des Palmes Académiques.
Sub Areas
African Studies
Maghreb Studies
Middle East/Near East Studies
Arab Studies
Geographic Areas of Interest
All Middle East
Arabic Language, Arabic Literature, North African
World Literature; Literary Translation
Poetics Of Exile
Arabic (native)
English (native)
French (fluent)
Spanish (intermediate)
German (elementary)
Memory and Nationalism in Mohamed Berrada’s The Game of Forgetting Narrating Catastrophe and Longing in Alktreb’s “Homs and The Studio of Good People” Syrian Refugee Poets in Sweden and the United States: Fractured Subjectivities and Belonging Syrian Civil War and Poetry: Translating the Untranslatable