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In Honour of Professor Radwa Ashour’s Achievements

Faculty of Arts, Department of English, Ain Shams University, Cairo


March 22-23, 2014

The Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts, Ain Shams University (DELL) invites paper submissions for a conference aimed at discussing the various cultural, critical or aesthetic issues involved in works produced by Professor RadwaAshour.

Radwa Ashour obtained her BA from Cairo University (1967), her MA on Gibran and Blake from the same university (1972), and a PhD in African-American criticism from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1975). Ashour is an academic, a political activist, as well as a nationally and internationally acclaimed writer. For three decades, ever since the appearance of her first autobiographical-cum-political statement on her life and higher education in America in 1983: The Journey: Memoirs of an Egyptian Student in America, Ashour has written prolifically in a variety of genres: short story, novel, autobiography, memoirs, and cultural studies, often blurring the distinction between such genres and, consequently, crossing fixed boundaries and offering a re-negotiation and re-reading of dominant historical, cultural, sociopolitical and literary narratives. Ashour also initiated a fresh current of feminist criticism and, spearheading several fellow critics, fuelled interest in Arab women writings which highlighted the influence women writers themselves have and the power they wield in Arab societies. She is also responsible for a translation of an anthology of poems by Mourid Barghouthi: Midnight (2008). Her literary works have been translated into English, French, Spanish, German and Italian.

The following key topics are suggested:

·       Renegotiating Modernity and Modernism

·       Introducing a new Arabo-Islamic Narrative

·       Radwa Ashour Translated

·       The Power of the Plume: Political Activism in the Writings of Radwa Ashour

·       The Journey: Deconstructing the Stereotypical Eurocentric Nahda Discourse in the Arab World

·       Re-reading Women Writers in Ashour's Critical Writings

Please send paper abstracts before December 28 to the following email addresses:



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