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Professor of Comparative Literature and English

Affiliated with:

Department of French & Italian, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Centers for African, Global, Latin American and Caribbean, South Asian and Middle Eastern, European Union, and Translation Studies

Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies

Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory


Ph.D. Comparative Literature, UIUC (1998)

Research Interests

  • Arabic and Arab Diaspora literatures
  • Arabic intellectual history
  • comparative literature
  • transnational studies
  • postcolonial and translation theory

Professional Information

My current research focuses on the Arabic novel and on Arab literary and cultural relations with the Americas.

Office Address

3080 FLB
707 S Mathews
M/C 160
Urbana, IL 61801

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Research Output

Arabs and the Americas: A Multilingual and Multigenerational Legacy

Hassan, W. S., Jul 3 2019, In : Review (United Kingdom). 52, 2, p. 166-169 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access

Gibran in Brazil

Hassan, W. S., 2018, Gibran in the 21st Century: Papers of the 3rd International Conference. Zoghaib, H. & Rihani, M. (eds.). Beirut: Lebanese American University Press, p. 65-84

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Postcolonialism and Modern Arabic Literature: Twenty-First Century Horizons

Hassan, W. S., Feb 17 2018, In : Interventions. 20, 2, p. 157-173 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Ancient tillage and a cup of rage, by Raduan Nassar

    Hassan, W. S., Jul 3 2017, In : Review (United Kingdom). 50, 2, p. 263-265 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle