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Waïl S Hassan

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Contact Information

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

Research Areas



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

Research Interests

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

Research Description

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


Ph.D. Comparative Literature, UIUC (1998)

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, Program in Comparative and World Literature
Professor, English
Professor, French and Italian
Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Director, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Professor, European Union Center
Professor, Center for African Studies
Professor, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Professor, Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies

Recent Publications

Hassan, W. S. (2024). Arab Brazil: Fictions of Ternary Orientalism. Oxford University Press.

Hassan, W. S. (2022). The Rise of Arab American Literature. In L. Cainkar, P. Homsi Vinson, & A. Jarmakani (Eds.), Sajjilu Arab American: A Reader in SWANA Studies (pp. 308-316). (Critical Arab American Studies). Syracuse University Press.

Hassan, W. S. (2021). Geopolitics of comparison: world literature avant la lettre. Comparative Literature, 73(3), 255-269.

Hassan, W. S. (2021). South-South Relations in the Era of Far-Right Populism: The Syrian Refugee Crisis on Brazilian Television. Comparative Literature Studies, 58(3), 557-581.

Hassan, W. S. (2020). As relações Sul-Sul na era do populismo de extrema direita: A crise dos refugiados sírios na televisão brasileira. In W. Hassan, & R. Lima (Eds.), Literatura e (i)migração no Brasil (pp. 486-515). Edições Makunaima.

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