Hoda El Shakry
Department of Comparative Literature and the College
Hoda El Shakry is a scholar of 20th and 21st century cultural production from North Africa and the Middle East, with an emphasis on the relationship between aesthetics and ethics. Specializing in Arab/ic and Francophone literature, visual culture, and criticism, she explores aesthetic theory, Islamic philosophy, comparative literary criticism, and gender and sexuality in her interdisciplinary research.
El Shakry’s book The Literary Qurʾan: Narrative Ethics in the Maghreb (Fordham University Press, 2019) was awarded the 2017–18 Helen Tartar First Book Subvention Award of the American Comparative Literature Association. Her current book project interrogates how 20th century Maghrebi cultural journals transform the conceptual and historical frameworks through which print culture is periodized, theorized, and archived. She is the Modern Language Association Delegate Assembly representative for the Global Arab and Arab American Forum, and she served on the Forum on Arabic Literature and Culture. She is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Modern Literature and the Advisory Board of the African Feminist Initiative.
She received her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. Most recently, she was an assistant professor of comparative literature at the Pennsylvania State University.