Dr. Kudsieh’s research interests include comparative and world literature, cultural encounters between the East (Near East and South Asia) and the West, travel accounts, literary and postcolonial theory, cinema studies and adaptation theory.

Dr. Kudsieh has completed a manuscript entitled Through Egyptian Eyes: The French Campaign and the Making of Modern Egypt, 1798-1850. The monograph examines the interaction between Egyptians and the French, the British, and other Europeans. While it highlights the stark differences between official (printed) and the unofficial (unpublished) travel accounts and letters written by Egyptians, it retrieves evidence of amicable and friendly ties between Egyptian 'ulama and European Arabists. These findings run contrary to the official discourse, which depicts the interaction in binary terms. In fact, the reaction portrayed in the unpublished records is more nuanced. Dr. Kudsieh's new project focuses on the depiction of East-West encounters by Arab women novelists, in particular those who write in Anglophone, at the turn or the twenty-first century.

In 2011-2016, Dr. Kudsieh was a member of the Executive Committee for the Forum on Arabic Literature and Culture at the MLA (Modern Language Association), and was chair of the committee in 2014. She was also the Director of British and Anglophone Literatures (April 2011-April 2014) and of Professional and Pedagogy (April 2014-April 2015) at NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association).


Ph.D. University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Scholarship / Publications

“Beyond Colonial Binaries: Amicable Ties among Egyptian and European Scholars, 1820-1850.” Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics 36 (2016): 44-68.

“Expulsion from Paradise: Granada in Radwa Ashur’s Gharnata (1994) and in Salman The Moor’s Last Sigh (1995).” Roads to Paradise: Eschatology and Concepts of the Hereafter in Islam. Eds. Sebastian Günther and Todd Lawson. Leiden: Brill, 2016. Vol. 2: 225-256.

“The Inception of Oriental Doxology: European pilgrimages to the Holy Land, before and during the Crusades.” Changing Conceptions of the ‘Other’: Travel Writing in the Mediterranean. Eds. Patrick Crowley, Silvia Ross, and Noreen Humble. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. 47-60.

“Season of Migration to the North: (Be)Longing, (Re)Location, and Gendered Geographies.” Thamyris 10 (2003) 201-217.

“Andalusian Literature.” Encyclopaedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2003. 10-16.

Encyclopaedia Entries:

“Diasporas: Caribbean,” “World Bank” and “IMF” (500 words each). A Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures. Eds. Prem Kumar Poddar and David Johnson. New York: Edinburgh University Press/Columbia University Press, 2005.

Book Reviews:

“Gana, Nouri, ed. The Edinburgh Companion to the Arab Novel in English: The Politics of Anglo Arab and Arab American Literature and Culture (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013).” Journal of Arabic Literature. 46.1 (2015): 142–147.

“Karayanni's Dancing Fear and Desire.” Postcolonial Text. 2:3 (2006) (http://journals.sfu.ca/pocol/index.php/pct/article/view/544/272)

“Bill Ashcroft & Pal Ahluwalia, Edward Said: The Paradox of Identity.’ International Comparative Literature Association (Spring-Summer/printemps-été, 2000) 134-136.